Macias V. Santiago, 37, of Midland, Texas, United States was arrested in Washington, D.C., USA on January 22, 2021. He parked his black GMC pickup truck in front of a parking meter Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. that day.
At around 11:51 a.m., Santiago asked an officer named James Coleman if he could park along Constitution Avenue, WTTG reported. The former told the latter that he needed information about the Oval Office, the formal working office space of the U.S. president.
Coleman noticed a firearm holster under Santiago’s center console and later detained him. The officer radioed for an additional unit and another officer named G. Rutherford arrived.
Rutherford found a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol, two loaded 8-round magazines and a box containing 79 more rounds of ammunition in Santiago’s truck. The weapon was fully operational and capable of being fired with a single hand.
Two more officers named M. Burdyn and T. Thompson arrived and continued the search of Santiago’s truck. Based on the Washington, D.C. gun registration database, Santiago has no firearms registered to him.
Santiago told Coleman he spoke little English. Another officer named M. Casillas arrived and served as the Midland resident’s translator.
Casillas advised Santiago his Miranda rights and the latter was arrested. The Texan man was charged with carrying a pistol without a license, unlawful possession of a firearm, unregistered ammunition and unlawful transport of a firearm.
Two days before Santiago’s arrest, Joseph “Joe” Robinette Biden Jr., 78, of Delaware, USA was inaugurated as the 46th U.S. president at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. It was the country’s 59th presidential inauguration.
Inaugurated with Biden was 49th U.S. vice president Kamala Devi Harris, 56, of California, USA. She is the first woman, first African-American and first Asian American to hold the position, which also makes her the highest ranking female elected official in U.S. history.