News Release

Arrest made for vehicle striking bollards in Lafayette Park

Date: May 23, 2023
Contact: Sergeant Thomas Twiname, (202)619-7266

WASHINGTON – On May 22 at approximately 9:40 p.m., United States Park Police and United States Secret Service Uniform Division officers responded to the 1600 block of H Street NW for a truck that the preliminary investigation indicates intentionally crashed into the bollards on the outside of Lafayette Park. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Sai Varshith Kandula, 19, of Chesterfield, Missouri. Kandula was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, threatening to kill / kidnap / inflict harm on a president, vice president, or family member, destruction of federal property, and trespassing. No further information is available at this time.    

Last updated: May 23, 2023