A heavily armed California grocery store employee was arrested in Iowa last week while driving to the White House with the intention of killing President Joe Biden and his chief medical adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci.
Kuachua Brillion Xiong, 25, reportedly told law enforcement that he had a “hit list” and would “do whatever it takes” to kill the people on it, who included former President Barack Obama and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg as well as Biden and Fauci, NBC News reported.
“He added that if released from custody, he would immediately resume traveling to the White House … and ‘do whatever it takes’ to complete his plan,” according to a complaint against him released on Wednesday.
“Xiong stated that he has no intention of returning to California to see his family because he plans on dying while fighting evil demons in the White House,” it said.
Investigators said Xiong was pulled over on December 21 in Cass County, Iowa, for speeding on Interstate 80, according to the Sacramento Bee. According to court records, Xiong made several statements about his “disapproval for government due to the sex abuse of children” and told officers he had money in his car for “funeral expenses.”
Xiong was questioned by the US Secret Service after he was taken into custody and reportedly told agents that “he is the only person remaining who can free the United States of evil and it is necessary for him to kill those in position of power,” according to court records. Xiong allowed investigators to look at his personal cell phone to corroborate his statements about collecting the equipment he needed to accomplish his mission.
“Investigators found detailed notes within Xiong’s calendar and notes applications, including entries for ‘Survive supplies’ on October 19th, ‘Safe life defense order’ (body armor) on October 19th, ‘Safe life fed defense’ on October 22nd, ‘Rifle pickup’ on October 29th, ‘Silencer order’ on November 5th, and ‘Save USA’ on November 20th, 21st, and 27th,” court records show.
Investigators found Xiong in possession of an AR-15 rifle, loaded magazines, body armor, and medical kits, NBC said. He told investigators he left his home in Merced, California, on December 18 “with the intention o driving straight to the White House … to kill persons in power,” it said.
According to the court documents, Xiong was using a map app and had set the White House as his destination. He also showed investigators a map of the White House grounds, “including a perceived ‘weak spot’ he identified during his pre-attack research,” the complain said.
Xiong is being held in Pottawattamie County, where he was taken last Thursday, according to jail records, which say he’s being held “for other authority for outside of county agencies.”
Federal prosecutors filed the complaint against his on December 22 under seal, but a magistrate judge ordered the file unsealed on Wednesday, following Xiong’s first court appearance on Monday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen H. Locher said prosecutors had “not satisfied its burden of proving that the restriction of the right of public access is necessitated by a compelling government interest,” the Bee reported.
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