Man arrested outside U.S. Capitol
A Virginia man faces charges of assaulting a police officer after he was taken into custody outside of the U.S. Capitol near the Senate office buildings in Northeast on Thursday, authorities said.
U.S. Capitol Police identified the man as Paul Agole Ujwok. Around 11:30 a.m., according to Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a spokeswoman, Ujwok approached a U.S. Capitol Police officer near First Street and Constitution Avenue NE "in an aggressive and threatening manner."
He then lunged toward several other police officers while making "furtive movements as though he had a weapon under his coat," Schneider said.
The officers sought cover and gave orders to Ujwok that he did not follow, Schneider said. A plainclothes Capitol police officer approached Ujwok from behind, she said, and tackled him to the ground.
Capitol Police say they did not recover a weapon during the incident.
As a result of the incident, the Capitol went into lockdown briefly. An emergency alert came over the public address system urging Congressional members and staff to stay in their offices.
This item has been updated since it was first published.
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| December 16, 2010; 5:13 PM ET
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