• Kuachua Brillion Xiong had a grappling hook, ammunition, body armor and an AR-15-type assault rifle
  • The affidavit revealed that Xiong believed he could 'free' the country from 'evil'
  • Authorities also found money in Xiong’s vehicle that he reportedly set aside for his funeral

A man was arrested by Iowa authorities last week after he told police that he was driving to the White House “to kill persons in power.” The suspect had a “hit list” that included President Joe Biden, former president Barack Obama, and the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Federal court records showed that 25-year-old Kuachua Brillion Xiong from California had a body armor and an AR-15-type assault rifle when he was pulled over on Dec. 21 for aggressive driving on Interstate 80 in Iowa’s Cass County, The Los Angeles Times reported.

His GPS was found to have been set for the White House. Authorities also found a grappling hook, ammunition, and empty cans of energy drink Red Bull in his car. Police said they found money in Xiong’s vehicle that had been “earmarked” for his funeral.

Xiong, who said he was not suicidal and had the weapons for self defense, told a sheriff’s deputy that he disapproved of the current administration. Authorities found a “hit list” of the man's targets from about 100 Tiktok videos. Besides Biden, Fauci, and Obama, the list of videos also included Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the affidavit regarding Xiong’s case revealed.

Secret Service Special Agent Justin Larson said in the affidavit that “Xiong believes 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.”

Sheriff’s records showed that Xiong has been in custody at the Pottawattamie County Jail in Council Bluffs since Thursday. He has been charged with making threats against a former president. Larson wrote in the affidavit that Xiong had no plans of returning home to California “because he plans on dying while fighting evil demons in the White House.” The complaint added that Xiong will resume his plans and “do whatever it takes” to complete his mission if he is released.

This is not the first time a plot against Biden has been publicized. In May, 39-year-old John Thornton of Las Cruces, New Mexico, was accused of plotting to kill the president. At that time, Attorney Marisa Ong said that while the criminal complaint mentioned a reference to Biden, the initial proceedings will only focus on Thornton’s threats against two other victims that the suspect threatened to execute, KFOX-TV reported.

Xiong’s arrest came more than a week after an ABC/Ipsos poll found that Biden’s approval rating among Americans dropped amid the administration’s handling of inflation, gun violence, crimes, COVID-19, and economic recovery. The poll found that only 28% of the respondents approved of Biden’s inflation management, and 57% disapproved of his handling of the country’s economic recovery.

President Joe Biden is pictured
U.S. President Joe Biden is pictured. AFP / Nicholas Kamm