A buddy of the alleged neo-Nazi who smashed a U-Haul field truck into the White House safety barrier and allegedly informed the FBI he wished to kill the president informed The Post he’s fearful about his frame of mind.
The former classmate, who attended college with Sai Varshith Kandula, 19, stated: “I really feel like one thing … both has gone badly internally inside him or perhaps between the household.”
Kandula — who emerged from the rented truck with a Nazi flag after his unsucessful try to achieve the White House — was “the quiet child” who loved tennis, based on Aniket Sharma.
“He was by no means open to speaking. And anytime I attempted, he, it was simply solely small speak – by no means actually something deep. I all the time thought he was like a quiet, shy child,” Sharma stated when reached by telephone Tuesday.
Footage posted by the Insider Paper from the Washington, DC crime scene reveals the field truck ramming into the barrier earlier than coming to a cease.
No one was injured within the crash.
Kandula’s plan was to “get to the White House, seize energy, and be put accountable for the nation,” and that he would “kill the President if that’s what I’ve to do and would damage anybody that will stand in my manner,” based on a press release from a Secret Service officer included along with his arrest warrant, seen by the Daily Beast.
Kandula additionally stated he seemed as much as “Hitler, as a result of he was a powerful chief” and that the “Nazis have a terrific historical past,” based on the warrant.
Kandula has been charged with threatening to kill, kidnap or inflict hurt on a president, vp or member of the family, in addition to assault with a harmful weapon, reckless operation of a motorized vehicle, trespassing and destruction of federal property, US Park Police stated.
Sharma, now a Missouri faculty scholar, rejected the notion Kandula was a white supremacist or a neo-Nazi.
Sharma, now an 18-year-old faculty scholar on the University of Central Missouri, spent years residing in the identical Chesterfield residence complicated as Kandula and his household.
Speaking about these discussing his former buddy on Twitter, Sharma stated they’d “by no means even met him.”
He added: “They’re allowed to say no matter they need to say, however I simply, for me it’s loopy that he’s completed one thing.
“I couldn’t consider it for the primary ten – 5, 10 minutes … [I] by no means anticipated him to be doing one thing like this. I by no means thought a day like this is able to come.”
Asked if he knew if Kandula had a historical past of comparable conduct, he responded: “Nothing. Nothing.”
“This could be very not like his regular conduct.”
Law enforcement sources told ABC News Kandula rented a U-Haul automobile from Dulles International Airport in Virginia after touring from St. Louis.
After barreling the automobile into the safety limitations, he reportedly exited the entrance seat and began waving the purple, swastika-emblazoned flag earlier than he was taken into custody.
In addition to the Nazi flag, investigators recovered duct tape, a backpack and a pocket book crammed with writing from contained in the automobile, FOX 5 DC reported.
Investigators are probing whether or not psychological well being performed a job.
Sharma stated he didn’t know of any social media accounts connected to Kandula, including: “He simply all the time used to do his personal factor.
Kandula was slated to look in courtroom Tuesday.
Details concerning his look and his lawyer weren’t instantly accessible.
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