Charges for suspicious car, weapons found near Capitol Building

Charges have been issued against a Georgia man who illegally parked a van containing multiple unlicensed weapons near the U.S. Capitol building.

Around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Capitol police arrived on the scene where a small white transit van was allegedly illegally parked. They subsequently closed down neighboring streets to investigate and clear it.

Police found a handgun, a shotgun, a rifle, a machete, a homemade device and a box of ammunition inside the vehicle. Tony Payne, 80, of Georgia, now faces three charges for having an unregistered firearm and ammunition, and carrying without a license.

Payne claimed he is a disabled veteran and had no malicious intent with the firearms, and was there to help a friend file some paperwork with the Supreme Court.

Payne was later released on his own recognizance — with a “stay-away” order from Capitol grounds. His next scheduled court appearance is set for Nov. 2.

The other two passengers, Payne’s grandson and his friend, were not charged.

Ciara Wells

Ciara Wells is a freelance digital writer/editor at WTOP. She is a recent graduate of American University where she studied journalism and Spanish. Before joining WTOP, she was the opinion team editor at a student publication and a content specialist at an HBCU in Detroit.

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