“Pizzagate” conspiracy theory prompts gunman to “self-investigate” pizza parlor

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Enlarge / Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, arrested outside the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, DC. (credit: ABC News/YouTube)

A rifle-wielding North Carolina man was arrested Sunday in Washington, DC for carrying his weapon into a pizzeria that sits at the center of the fake news conspiracy theory known as “Pizzagate,” authorities said Monday.

DC’s Metropolitan Police Department said it had arrested 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch on allegations of assault with a dangerous weapon. “During a post arrest interview this evening, the suspect revealed that he came to the establishment to self-investigate ‘Pizza Gate’ (a fictitious online conspiracy theory),” the agency said in a statement.

Welch was arrested without incident.

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