Chilling Video Investigated After Royal Intruder Caught

19-year-old with crossbow detained after incident at Windsor Castle
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2021 7:43 AM CST
Chilling Video Investigated After Royal Intruder Caught
A jogger runs past Windsor Castle at Windsor on Christmas Day.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Reports emerged over the holiday weekend about an armed intruder arrested at Windsor Castle. Now the details are filling in, and they include reports of an alarming video made before the incident. Scotland Yard says a 19-year-old man with a crossbow was arrested for trespassing at the castle on Christmas Day, reports the BBC. Detectives are "assessing the contents of a video" following the arrest of the Southampton man, says a spokesperson. No further details were provided, but the Sun newspaper reports that the video shows the suspect with a crossbow, saying: “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for what I’ve done and what I will do. I will attempt to assassinate Elizabeth, Queen of the Royal Family."

The outlet says the video was posted to a social media account belonging to the suspect less than a half-hour before his arrest. (The Sun identifies the suspect, but police have not officially done so.) Authorities have said the man was arrested on castle grounds but did not enter any buildings, per CNN. He is being held under the Mental Health Act and is under "the care of medical professionals," say police. The 95-year-old queen was indeed at the castle on Christmas Day, having foregone her usual trip to Sandringham because of the pandemic. CNN recalls a famous incident from 1982, when a 31-year-old man scaled a wall at Buckingham Palace and crawled through a window into the bedroom of the queen, who was sleeping at the time. She was not harmed. (See the queen's Christmas message.)

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