Prosecutors say the armed man arrested near former President Barack Obama’s home last week got the address from a Truth Social post by former President Donald Trump.
Taylor Taranto, 37, visited the neighborhood last Thursday after Trump shared a news article containing the address. Officials say Taranto had two guns in his van, along with hundreds of rounds of ammo and a machete.
Prosecutors say he posted threatening messages on Telegram and began live streaming on YouTube upon entering the neighborhood.
Last Wednesday, Taranto allegedly threatened to blow up the National Institute of Standards and Technology, while making ominous threats to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Earlier this month, he live streamed himself entering a Maryland elementary school. Officials believe Taranto was trying to intimidate Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin, who lives nearby.
Taranto also had a warrant out for his arrest on four charges connected to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Neither Trump nor Obama have commented on the incident.