Man arrested near the White House over plot to kill white police officers

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A man from Texas has been arrested near the White House after he allegedly traveled to Washington, D.C. in a plot to kill white police officers, the Secret Service says. Only few details were immediately available.

The White House was put on alert just before 3 p.m. ET on Monday when the Secret Service was notified to be on the lookout for Michael Arega, who had reportedly traveled to Washington, D.C. for the purpose of killing “all white police” at the White House.

The warning was issued by the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland, but it was not immediately known what led to the alert. “Secret Service personnel at the White House immediately increased their posture of readiness and began searching for Arega,” the Secret Service said.

About an hour later, at 4:05 p.m., Arega was spotted on the north side of Pennsylvania Avenue near Lafayette Square, which is a public park directly across the White House. “Arega was immediately detained by Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers and subsequently arrested without incident,” the Secret Service said.

Arega, who is from Dallas, was transported to the Metropolitan Police Department where charges were still pending as of early Monday evening. It was not immediately clear whether Arega was in possession of any weapons at the time of his arrest.

Spokespersons for the Secret Service and the Montgomery County Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for further information.

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