The Secret Service arrested a 37-year-old Dallas man near the White House and charged him with making felony threats on Monday after receiving a tip that he was coming there to kill “all white police.”
Police in suburban Montgomery County, Md. sent a be-on-the-lookout notice to the Secret Service for Michael Arega just before 3 p.m. Monday, the Secret Service said.
A little more than an hour later, Secret Service officers spotted Arega on the north side of Pennsylvania Avenue and arrested him “without incident,” spokesman Shawn Holtzclaw said. He was not armed.
The law enforcement agencies sprung into action after getting a tip from Arega’s ex-wife that he had posted threats on Facebook. “Now i am going to there to white House make sure kill All white POLICE !!” read one post. Another said, “Put him on jail Donald J Trump mighty name of Jesus Christ.”
Officers responding to the Silver Spring, Md. hotel where Arega was staying found the room empty and called the Secret Service.
Arega is being held at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department pending charges, the Secret Service said.
President Trump was traveling in Asia Monday when the arrest happened.
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