A California man was arrested by police in Iowa following an otherwise routine traffic stop last week after investigators found him heavily armed and on his way to Washington, D.C., with a “hit list” that reportedly included President Joe Biden.
According to the Associated Press, police initially pulled over 25-year-old Kuachua Brillion Xiong for aggressive driving. In his car, they found a semi-automatic rifle, loaded magazines, extra ammunition, body armor, medical kits, food, cash, and other supplies necessary for a suspected assassination attempt.
Further investigation uncovered a hit list — compiled by way of dozens of TikTok videos — that targeted Biden and other leaders in government and business, including former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, chief White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, according to Fox News.
In a criminal complaint, authorities said Xiong, a recently fired grocery store worker from Merced, California, planned to travel to D.C. to, as he described it to police, fight “evil demons in the White House.”
“When concluding the interview, Xiong stated that nothing would stop him from carrying out his plan of gaining access to the White House and killing the persons on his ‘hit list,’” the complaint said, according to the New York Post.
“He added that if released from custody he would immediately resume traveling to the White House in Washington, D.C. and ‘do whatever it takes’ to complete his plan,” it adds.
“He further stated that he had no intention of returning to California to see his family,” the complaint said, “because he plans on dying while fighting evil demons at the White House.”
According to Fox, Xiong also expressed to investigators 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 positions of power.”
More charges coming
In the wake of these disturbing revelations, Xiong has been charged with a single count of making threats against a former president, according to the AP.
He’s likely to face additional charges once a grand jury returns a federal indictment.
Xiong’s attorneys have indicated that he intends to mount an insanity defense, the AP reported.
According to Fox, his first court appearance was slated for last Thursday.