According to a witness, the US Secret Service arrested two men in the upscale Washington, DC neighborhood of Georgetown, appearing to remove an assault rifle and pieces of body armor from a vehicle.
Reuters reported that more than half a dozen officers arrested the men on Thursday, handcuffing and separating them, according to the news agency reporter who saw the incident. The reporter said officers removed what appeared to be pieces of body armor from the car – a black four-door Ford sedan. The car had Indiana plates that said Marine Corps Veteran.
One of the men was wearing tan pants and a black hoodie and the other was wearing a camouflage jacket and a baseball cap, according to photos and testimony.
The Secret Service is responsible for protecting American political leaders and their families. The Georgetown neighborhood is a popular tourist spot in the nation’s capital. Many current and former government officials live in the area.
Officers removed several military-style bags from the vehicle, such as gym bags and army green bags, emptying the items into the trunk and onto the street, according to the news agency.
Objects, some of which appeared to be body armor plates, were placed on the ground and photographed by officers.
At least one of the arrested men was evacuated from the scene in a Secret Service van.