Man Strips Naked Inside Senate Office Building

Police say the man entered the building "through the Russell subway" and stripped

A man entered a U.S. Senate office building on Tuesday afternoon and stripped fully nude, police say.

The 26-year-old Capitol Hill resident fully disrobed inside the Russell Senate Office Building, a police affidavit obtained by the News4 I-Team says. He was arrested by U.S. Capitol Police and faces a charge of indecent exposure.

The man "entered the Russell Building through the Russell subway from the Capitol Visitors Center, stripping off his clothing," a police affidavit says. An officer confronted him.

"I am on my way to see God," the man responded.

The man then "removed his underwear, even when the [officer] told him not to," the affidavit says.

Twitter users had some colorful reactions. 

The Senate is out-of-session during the week of Thanksgiving. The Capitol and Senate office buildings are less crowded during recess weeks and are predominately filled with staffers and tourists.

The man entered a not guilty plea, according to court records. He's scheduled to return to court in January.

A judge issued a stay away order, according to the man's attorney.

Indecent exposure arrests are uncommon for U.S. Capitol Police, according to a News4 review of weekly incident reports. This was not the first recent incident inside the Russell building. Earlier this month, officers arrested someone for trying to carry a gun in a bag through an entrance.

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