AR-15-Wielding Sex Offender Apprehended Near Capitol Complex

Contrary to popular belief, the U.S. Capitol can be an exciting place. Besides riots, the Capitol Police contend with all manner of calls – like the serial-biter fox who haunted the grounds last spring.

They also contend with dangerous, sometimes deranged individuals. On Tuesday, a young man from the Atlanta area, armed with an AR-15, was arrested near the Capitol grounds.

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Atlanta Man Arrested Near Capitol

Just before Noon on Tuesday, U.S. Capitol Police announced they arrested a man “with a gun in the park across from Union Station.”

That area encompasses a few blocks nearest to the Senate Office Buildings.

The man who was arrested, identified as 21-year-old Ahmir Merrell of Atlanta, Georgia, reportedly possessed at least a rifle, which police told Fox News “looked like” an AR-15.


U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger says Ahmir Lavon Merrell, 21, was walking down the sidewalk across the street from Union Station with a gun. He was ordered to drop the gun, but did not, so officers Tased him.

The sight of someone walking around with a gun would be quite unusual for the citizens and commuters of D.C. Police Chief Manger also told reporters that Merrell abandoned a bag on one of the park benches, prompting a bomb squad to clear the bag and the area.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Merrell’s legal problems haven’t just begun. He is currently on probation in Fulton County, Georgia, for a prior conviction for cruelty to children – a plea bargain on lower charges than his initial arrest for child molestation.

Video from the scene shows Merrell strapped to a gurney while being loaded into an ambulance.

This video from X appears to show the arrest from the point of view of a bystander:

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Capitol Violence

After crashing, Green reportedly got out of the car with a knife and was shot by police. Green would later be eulogized by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrahkhan.

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