Man With Swords in Car Arrested on Night of Obama’s Jobs Speech

Posted September 14, 2011 at 12:05pm

Updated: 4:52 p.m.

A man driving a car containing swords, muskets, black powder and a bayonet was arrested Thursday near the Capitol, just hours before President Barack Obama gave a jobs speech to a joint session of Congress.

Jonathan Andrews, 53, was driving a tan 1998 Chevy Blazer with Indiana license plates on Independence Avenue near the Southeast corner of the Capitol when officers pulled him over at about 3:30 p.m. He had been “attempting to turn into an on-coming lane of traffic,” according to police records.

Andrews informed officers “that he had weapons and black powder in his vehicle,” according to the police report. A search uncovered two muskets with cloth cases, a 2-foot-long bayonet, two swords each about 2 feet in length, scabbards and three 16-ounce cans of black powder.

Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a Capitol Police spokeswoman, said Wednesday that the man was on his way to Mount Vernon in Alexandria, Va., for a re-enactment event.

Andrews was arrested on a charge of unlawful possession of a weapon and two charges of carrying a deadly weapon. It was unclear Wednesday afternoon whether he had been indicted in court on any charges.