New Details Cast Arrest Of Virginia Man At D.C. Checkpoint In Different Light

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: The U.S. Capitol is seen behind a fence during sunrise on January 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. After last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol Building, the FBI has warned of additional threat... WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: The U.S. Capitol is seen behind a fence during sunrise on January 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. After last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol Building, the FBI has warned of additional threats in the nation's capital and in all 50 states. According to reports, as many as 25,000 National Guard soldiers will be guarding the city as preparations are made for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th U.S. President. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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As new details emerge about the Friday night arrest of a Virginia man at a D.C. security checkpoint, the incident is taking on a different cast. 

CNN was the first to report news of the arrest of 31-year-old Wesley Beeler, who according to a police report, was trying to pass a police checkpoint in an increasingly militarized zone less than half a mile north of Capitol grounds in his truck using an “unauthorized” credential.

Beeler presented U.S. Capitol Police with what one officer called “an unauthorized inauguration credential” in a statement filed Saturday, according to The New York Times.

But new developments and additional reporting from the Times including details from a federal law enforcement official, revealed that Beeler was a contractor and the credential, although unauthorized, was not fake.

In the statement filed in a District of Columbia court earlier on Saturday, Capitol Police officer Roger Dupont said that he had checked Beeler’s credential against a list and found that it did not give him the authority to enter the restricted area.

A spokeswoman for the Capitol Police told the Times that Beeler had shown a “nongovernment issued” credential.

When police asked Beeler on Friday if he was carrying any weapons, Beeler reportedly told them he had a Glock semi-automatic pistol. According to the Times, upon searching the vehicle, police said they recovered the loaded weapon, in addition to 509 rounds of ammunition and 21 shotgun shells.

The Times said that documents filed in court and an incident report from the city’s Metropolitan Police Department show that Beeler was arrested for five crimes, including possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition, that were not registered as required in Washington. D.C., among other offenses.

It was not clear why Beeler was trying to pass through the closed off area, but Beeler’s father, Paul Beeler, told the Times in an interview that his son was part of a security team working alongside the Capitol Police and the National Guard and that he must have left his personal gun in his car, adding that his son had recently been working as a security guard on Capitol grounds.

When asked if he believed his son supported a peaceful transition of power, the arrested man’s father reportedly said that was “the reason” his son was there.

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  1. Oh come on eh! He can’t be all bad.

    /s

  2. Avatar for sandyh sandyh says:

    It’s the 16th not the 17th or 20th, dotard. No wonder the insurrection didn’t accomplish anything but hurt the Republican Party.

  3. ”Beeler reportedly told them he had a Glock semi-automatic pistol. According to the Times, upon searching the vehicle, police said they recovered the loaded weapon, in addition to 509 rounds of ammunition and 21 shotgun shells.”

    Settle down now.

    It’s not like BLM marched near a gated community in St. Louis or anything.

  4. The WP version of this story has his family claiming he is contract security for the inauguration, and reports he’s been released on bond by a judge.

  5. Let’s hope they’re all this dumb. Bet his “pass” said, “Wesley is arthurized.”

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