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Man With Explosive Materials Arrested Near Obama's D.C. House

A man being sought on charges related to the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was arrested Thursday in the Washington, D.C., neighborhood where former President Obama lives. He was armed with explosive materials and weapons, the Associated Press reports. Taylor Taranto, 37, was spotted by law enforcement near Obama’s home and fled. Authorities said Taranto had made social media threats against a public figure. He had not yet built an explosive device when he was found, and it wasn’t clear if the Obamas were home at the time of the arrest.

Police arrested Taranto on charges of being a fugitive from justice. The explosives team swept Taranto’s van and said there were no threats to the public. Taranto was a U.S. Navy veteran and a webmaster for the Republican Party in Franklin County, Wa. More than 1,000 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the Capitol riot. Over 600 of them have pleaded guilty, while some 100 others have been convicted after trials decided by judges or juries.


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