Dallas man Michael Arega was arrested in Washington, D.C. Monday afternoon for issuing a threat to kill “all white police” at The White House. Secret Service officials were alerted by authorities in nearby Montgomery County, Maryland of the threat, with Arega arrested not far from the White House grounds.
Monday afternoon, police in Montgomery County, Maryland, alerted the US Secret Service that the man planned to go to Washington with the purpose of killing officers at the White House, according to a USSS statement. About an hour later, Secret Service officers spotted him on Pennsylvania Avenue near Lafayette Park, according to the statement. He was arrested without incident. Officials say charges are pending.
US Secret Service said the man, Michael Arega of Dallas, was officially charged with making felony threats, and was not armed with a weapons at the time of his arrest.
The Secret Service’s protective intelligence division was notified at about 2:55 p.m. ET to be on the lookout for Arega, who the Montgomery County Maryland Police Department said was heading to Washington for the purpose of killing “all white police” at the White House, according to the statement. The Secret Service spotted him at approximately 4:05 p.m. ET.
It isn’t known how Arega’s threats were discovered at the time.