In a startling incident late Monday, a U-Haul truck crashed into security barriers surrounding the White House, resulting in the driver being charged with multiple crimes, including threatening the president. The driver, identified as Sai Varshith Kandula, a 19-year-old resident of Chesterfield, Missouri, allegedly smashed into a security gate at Lafayette Park, situated in front of the White House gates. Police informed WUSA that Kandula has been charged with five offenses, one of which is threatening to kill, kidnap, or harm the president, vice president, or a family member.
The crash occurred on the north side of Lafayette Square at 16th Street, at approximately 10 p.m. Thankfully, no injuries were reported among Secret Service or White House personnel. The Secret Service confirmed that the cargo hold of the U-Haul truck was empty. However, authorities reportedly found a Nazi flag in the truck’s cab, according to ABC7 News.
The Secret Service spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, stated that the cause and manner of the crash are still under investigation. Guglielmi later took to Twitter, revealing that preliminary findings suggest the driver may have intentionally targeted the security barriers. The incident prompted a temporary evacuation of the nearby Hay Adams Hotel at the request of the Secret Service. Additionally, roads and pedestrian walkways around Lafayette Park were closed for a period of time.
Law enforcement agencies and security personnel are treating this incident with utmost seriousness due to the nature of the charges against Kandula. Threats against the president, vice president, or their family members are considered grave offenses that demand thorough investigation and prosecution.
It is important to note that the information provided is based on initial reports, and a comprehensive inquiry is underway to uncover the motives and circumstances surrounding the incident. The discovery of a Nazi flag inside the truck raises questions about the driver’s possible affiliations or ideological motivations.
Many theories have now come out about the attack on the white house with some saying it was staged.
Meet Sai Varshith Kandula.
He is allegedly responsible for the U Haul attack near the White House.
The media says the attack was fueled by ‘white supremacy’ and ‘Nazism.’
Does this look like a white supremacist Nazi to you? pic.twitter.com/rxoHwJcVWr
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) May 23, 2023
Let me get this straight. A slow moving empty truck containing nothing but a Nazi flag & driven by a guy named Sai Varshith Kandula who is supposed to be a white supremasist bumped the White House gates?
They aren’t even trying anymore.
— The Temple Co 🔺 (@The_Temple_Co) May 23, 2023
D.C. – 19 year old Sai Varshith Kandula has been arrested after he attempted to ram his rented U-Haul truck into a security barrier near the White House last night.
Kandula traveled from St. Louis to Dulles International Airport where he rented a U-Haul truck and drove to the… pic.twitter.com/RvK6IksRWO
— StopAntisemitism (@StopAntisemites) May 23, 2023