Two people are facing weapons charges after crashing a stolen vehicle into the barricade at the Capitol on Sunday morning.
Ricardo L. Glass and Onosetale Okojie, both 20-years old, were arrested after police attempted to stop them on suspicion that the driver could be impaired.
The United States Capitol Police said in a press release, “On Sunday, while on routine patrol at approximately 2:15 a.m., a USCP officer noticed a driver in a white Infiniti Q50 stopped along Massachusetts Avenue, NE, idling at a green traffic light by Union Station. Suspecting the driver could be impaired, the officer attempted to make a traffic stop. The driver then sped away and crashed into a Capitol Complex vehicle barricade near First Street and D Street, NE.”
Both Glass and Okojie attempted to flee on foot and were chased by officers.
The police said that one of the suspects was captured in the 100 block of C Street, NE, while the other was captured in the 500 block of Second Street, NE.
“A Glock handgun, which had a 22 round extended magazine, was found on the passenger side seat, near an additional magazine. Another Glock, which had the ‘Giggle Switch,’ was found in a flowerbed in the 100 block of C Street, NE,” the Capitol Police press release said, explaining that a “Giggle Switch” can “turn the weapon into a machine gun.”
The car was stolen from the nearby Prince George’s County, Maryland.
“This is just another example of our officers and their vigilance and perseverance putting away dangerous criminals,” said USCP Assistant Chief Sean Gallagher. “They are constantly working to keep everyone safe throughout the Capitol Complex.”
Charges filed against the men include Carrying a Pistol Without a License, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Unlawful Entry of a Motor Vehicle, Receiving Stolen Property $1000 or More, Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device, Fleeing from a Law Enforcement Officer in a Motor Vehicle, Felon in Possession, Reckless Driving, No Permit, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, Possession of Unregistered Ammunition, Obliterate, Remove, Change or Alter the Serial Number of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Machine Gun.