Jose Leonardo Marquez, a 23-year-old illegal immigrant from Venezuela, was arrested for brandishing a machete, butcher’s knife, and a brick at the U.S. Capitol Building.
Marquez was arrested by Capitol Police on Dec. 26 and charged with both carrying a dangerous weapon and possessing a prohibited weapon.
Marquez “unlawfully entered the United States on an unknown date, at an unknown location, and without being admitted, inspected, or paroled by an immigration official,” according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ICE ERO) Washington, D.C.
The illegal immigrant “posed a significant threat to people in and around the U.S. Capitol,” said Patrick Divver, acting field office director of ICE ERO – Washington, D.C., said in a statement. “Thanks to our law enforcement partners at the U.S. Capitol Police, this threat was mitigated quickly. Fortunately, Marquez is currently in ERO custody and will face removal proceedings,” his statement continued.