November 27, 2022

ATTACK THWARTED: Officers stop man who breached Pentagon security, threatening to kill

ATTACK THWARTED: Officers stop man who breached Pentagon security, threatening to kill

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An Ethiopian man living in Virginia who allegedly yelled “F*** America” and told officers “I hate America” is accused of attempting to attack federal police officers outside the Pentagon last week, according to federal court documents.

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Identified as Tamirat Yehualawork, the man allegedly drove a Ford Expedition through a security checkpoint outside the Pentagon on Friday, sped over a second security barrier, and forced police to pull guns and use their police vehicles to pin and stop his’s car near the complex.

According to a police affidavit, Yehualawork “did not comply with officers’ commands to exit the vehicle and was forcibly removed from the Ford Expedition. He continued to resist as officers were placing him in handcuffs.”

The police affidavit reports that:

“As he crossed the bridge into the South Secure Parking lot of the Pentagon, a (Pentagon) officer shined his flashlight to get Yehualawork’s attention. The officer stated that once he got Yehualawork’s attention, he accelerated the vehicle toward him. The officer took cover, pointed his weapon at the vehicle, and began giving verbal commands that Yehualawork ignored. (He) then drove over a sidewalk and through the grass towards the Pentagon Mall Entrance.”

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A judge in Virginia has ordered Yehualawork to be detained pending future hearings in the case. In the court order, the judge wrote “The facts indicate the defendant poses an ongoing danger to the community by clear and convincing evidence.”

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The court docket said he has no criminal record, prior to his arrest. He is currently in the custody of the U.S. Marshals.

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Editor’s note: This is an opinion column that solely reflects the opinions of the author.

Tara Dublin

Tara Dublin is a woefully unrepresented writer who thinks more people would read her cool rock & roll love story inspired by Dave Grohl than any ghostwritten GOP crapbook, agents & publishers. Follow Tara on Twitter @taradublinrocks

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