WASHINGTON D.C. — A Department of Homeland Security employee with a top-secret clearance was placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation by federal authorities, after taking a knife, a gun, handcuffs, pepper spray and an infrared camera into headquarters on June 9.
Jonathan Wienke is suspected by authorities of plotting an attack on the ultra-secure HQ and “was conspiring with another to commit workplace violence, and more particularly may have been conspiring or planning to commit violence against senior DHS officials in the building,” according to sources.
On June 10 Wienke was charged with carrying a concealed pistol with no permit and authorities are still investigating.
CBS News reported:
At 7:30 a.m. on June 9, Wienke entered the building, which has a security level on par with the White House and the Pentagon, according to Mann’s affidavit. Security measures include random screening at the door; Wienke was selected and his backpack was placed in a screening machine.
Security officers found a folding knife with a 3-inch blade, two hand-held radios, pepper spray, an infrared camera and a set of handcuffs, among other items, the affidavit states. The officers seized the knife and spray.
At 9 a.m. Mann and another officer followed up with Wienke at his cubicle, directly across from where senior officials were meeting, the documents say.
He gave them permission to search him and denied he was carrying any additional weapons, the affidavit alleges. Mann wrote that he patted Wienke down and discovered a five-shot revolver loaded with .22-caliber hollow-point rounds in the front pocket of his pants. He wrote that he heard Wienke “utter an audible expletive.”
Wienke’s home was also searched.
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