Secret Service Arrests Jan. 6 Suspect Who Was Running Toward Obama’s House

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By Steve Neavling

A man wanted for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was arrested near former President Obama’s neighborhood in Washington D.C., and law enforcement found firearms, ammunition and materials to make a Molotov cocktail in his van. 

Secret Service spotted Taylor Taranto, 37, and arrested him while he ran towards Obama’s home, according to multiple news outlets

Taranto was charged as a fugitive from justice since he had warrants related to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack. Taranto also was the co-defendant in a lawsuit by the widow of a Washington police officer who died by suicide after the insurrection, NBC News reports

Taranto was live streaming his activities before his arrest and said he wanted to interview John Podesta, a Democratic official who has been the target of far-right conspiracy theories. He also claimed the neighborhood contained underground tunnels. 

“I’m outside Barack Obama’s house,” he said at one point on the livestream.

Taranto was living in a van near the Washington jailhouse, according to his social media accounts, and repeatedly questioned why he had not been arrested for his role in the insurrection. 

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