Police: California man arrested in Iowa was driving to White House to kill Joe Biden, other leaders

A California man was arrested in Iowa Thursday, The New York Times reported, after authorities discovered his plans to assassinate top government leaders including President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama.

Twenty-five-year-old Kuachua Brillion Xiong was initially pulled over “for driving aggressively, weaving in and out of traffic, and speeding,” authorities said, according to the Times. Upon investigation, officers found he had set a GPS app to route him to the White House in Washington.

In the vehicle, investigators “found an AR-15-style rifle, ammunition, loaded magazines, body armor, and medical kits,” the Times reported.

Authorities quash assassination plans

Xiong later told investigators that his plan was to “do whatever it takes” to kill government leaders on his “hit list,” which also included White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci, according to NBC News.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and former President Bill Clinton were also said to have been targeted.

Xiong told investigators he would have continued driving to Washington had he not been stopped by police.

He also reportedly said that he’d been sent by God to “combat evil demons in the White House” and apparently believed “that he is the only person remaining who can free the United States of evil.”

“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,” a Secret Service agent wrote in a criminal complaint, according to NBC.

Charges filed in federal court

According to The New York Times, the agent wrote that Xiong was traveling “with the intention of driving straight to the White House in Washington, D.C., to kill persons in power.”

The agent also said Xiong “stated that he has no intention of returning to California to see his family because he plans on dying while fighting evil demons at the White House,” as the Des Moines Register reported.

According to Fox News, the “hit list” was actually a series of at least 100 threatening videos posted on the social media platform TikTok. Xiong is facing a federal charge of “making criminal threats against a former president,” Fox added in a Thursday report.

His first court appearance was scheduled for Thursday.

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