A Colorado man who has been accused of threatening to shoot Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot arrived in Washington, D.C., with greater than 2,500 rounds of ammunition, in line with a federal memorandum.
The memo in help of pretrial detention accuses Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr. of additionally possessing a Glock pistol, a rifle, a number of high-capacity magazines and at the very least 320 rounds of “armor-piercing” rounds.
“Excited about heading over to [Pelosi’s] speech and placing a bullet in her noggin reside on TV,” Meredith wrote in a textual content message on his method to D.C. after the riot had already occurred.
In texts and on social media, the defendant made numerous threatening feedback geared toward Pelosi, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. basically.
“I’ll wander over to the mayor’s workplace and put a 5.56 in her cranium,” one Jan. 7 textual content learn.
One other learn, “Battle time,” after he obtained a textual content that stated Vice President Mike Pence “blew it,” seemingly in reference to Pence’s resolution to not reject electoral votes as Congress counted them Wednesday. Meredith additionally despatched a number of texts straight addressing the FBI with statements like, “You get that one Marxist FBI Agent?”
Quickly after arriving within the metropolis, he assaulted a male and fled in his truck, the U.S. authorities alleges.
At one level, the defendant texted that he was in his lodge room and declared that he “ain’t going to jail,” in line with the memo.
Meredith was arrested Jan. 7 and charged in federal courtroom with making interstate threats, in line with the authorities. That cost carries a sentence of as much as 5 years in jail and a positive of $250,000.
He’s additionally charged with possession of an unregistered firearm and ammunition in District of Columbia Superior Court docket, expenses which every carry the chance of a 12 months in jail.
U.S. Justice of the Peace Decide Michael Harvey on Wednesday rescheduled a detention listening to for Meredith for Thursday at 2:45 p.m. ET.
The federal government has designated Meredith as a “hazard to the group” and argued that he ought to “stay detained” earlier than his trial. The defendant is described within the memo as a frequent marijuana consumer with a historical past of psychological sickness and a “sturdy apathy towards regulation enforcement leaders of this metropolis and nation.”
“A clearly disturbed, deranged and harmful person that fantasizes about committing horrific acts of violence and takes numerous steps to hold them out by driving throughout a number of states with a trailer stocked with hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a number of firearms … shouldn’t stay in the neighborhood,” the memo states.
Greater than 170 individuals have been charged in reference to final week’s riot, in line with the FBI and DOJ.
D’Antuono stated the FBI’s enchantment to the general public to assist determine suspects in images has yielded greater than 100,000 items of digital proof that the company is scouring by.
“The FBI has an extended reminiscence and a broad attain,” Steven M. D’Antuono, the assistant director in control of the FBI’s Washington discipline workplace, instructed reporters Tuesday. “Brokers and our companions are on the streets investigating leads not solely right here within the D.C. space, but in addition the nation by the FBI’s 56 discipline places of work.
“Even if you happen to’ve left D.C., FBI brokers from our native discipline places of work shall be knocking in your door if we discover out that you just have been a part of the legal exercise on the Capitol,” D’Antuono continued.
Fox Information’ Jake Gibson contributed to this report.