A Dallas man who reportedly traveled to the nation’s capital for the purpose of killing “all white police” at the White House was arrested, according to the Secret Service.
The Secret Service says its Protective Intelligence Division was notified at around 2:55 p.m. Monday by the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland to be on the lookout for Michael Arega.
According to Montgomery County police, they issued the lookout after being contacted by Arega’s wife in Texas about her husband’s threatening statements. Police responded to the Days Inn hotel in Silver Spring where Arega was staying at around 1:30 p.m. in an attempt to find him, but he was not there.
“Secret Service personnel at the White House immediately increased their posture of readiness and began searching for Arega,” the Secret Service said in a statement.
The Secret Service located Arega on the north side of Pennsylvania Avenue near Lafayette Park where he was detained and arrested by uniformed officers at around 4:05 p.m., officials say. He was not armed with a weapon when he was taken into custody.
1. Arega Wrote on Facebook Hours Before His Arrest, ‘Kill Trump in Jesus Name!!’
Arega has been regularly updating his Facebook page in the 24 hours prior to his arrest. He reposted a conservative news post showing Donald Trump’s reaction to the Sutherland Springs shooting. Above the status update, Arega wrote, “Kill him in Jesus name!!” However, just a week earlier, Arega posted a video from Trump’s propaganda-style White House news service. In the caption, Arega wrote, “True and real news. May God bless our President Donald Trump.”
After sending his threat to “kill all white police,” Arega also wrote, “Our world should be free from this guy and we will be free in Jesus name.” Another message wrote, “I dismantle the power of darkness in the powerful name of Jesus Christ from USA land.” While Arega also said, “I remove the power of darkness from USA in the powerful name of Jesus Christ.”
2. Arega Was Unarmed at the Time of His Arrest
WUSA reports that Arega was arrested without incident. The suspect was unarmed at the time of his arrest. In a statement, the Secret Service said, “Secret Service personnel at the White House immediately increased their posture of readiness and began searching for Arega.” The agency later said that Arega was charged with making felony threats.
The day before his arrest, Arega checked in on Facebook at the Days Inn in Silver Spring, Maryland.
3. Arega Operates a Construction Business in Texas
Online records show that Arega operated a construction company in the Dallas area named Rehoboth Concrete Construction. While on his Facebook page, Arega says that he works as a quality control inspector at Alpha Testing, another construction company. In his description of the job, Arega writes, “I am a king.”
Arega’s page is dominated by his various Christian preaching. In his life events section, Arega says that he last traveled to Washington D.C. in 2013. That same year, Arega says he traveled to New York City, Philadelphia and Dubai. Arega’s Facebook profile photo is an image that shows the name, “The All Nation Kingdom of God Church.”
4. The Secret Service Said in June 2017 that Trump Faced a Similar Number of Threats to President Obama