Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr. (pictured) reportedly texted friends trying to shoot him or run across Nancy Pelosi
A Trump supporter, who allegedly told his friends he wanted to shoot and run over House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, was arrested last week over the Capitol riot when authorities saw an Alabama man with 11 Molotov cocktails nearby the house arrest building.
According to CNN, Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr. traveled to Washington, DC last Tuesday with hundreds of rounds of ammunition and an assault rifle.
Authorities also said Meredith texted his friends saying he wanted to shoot or run over Pelosi.
In one text, Meredith allegedly wrote that he was thinking of "sticking a bullet in (pelosis) noggin on live television".
Another reportedly reads, "I'm going to run over Pelosi while she's chewing on her gums."
According to official sources, a third text from Meredith, a married father of two, states that he has "a lot of … armor-piercing ammunition."
Meredith is one of 13 people charged with federal crimes. Others include the Alabama man Lonnie Coffman, whose vehicle contained 11 Molotov devices, and Richard Barnett, of Arkansas, who was photographed at a desk in Pelosi's office, according to a Justice Department statement.
Meredith was accused on Thursday of interstate threats to Pelosi, the Justice Department said in a statement. He was also charged with possessing unregistered firearms and ammunition and is being held until a trial next week.
Prior to last week's DC riot, Meredith protested outside Georgia Gov Brian Kemp's home. Trump supporters had demonstrated against the governor because they had confirmed the election of President-elect Joe Biden in the state.
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In one text, Meredith allegedly wrote that he was thinking of "sticking a bullet in (pelosis) noggin on live television". Another reportedly reads, "I'm going to run over Pelosi while she's chewing on her gums."
According to official sources, a third text by Meredith, a married father of two, said he had "a lot of … armor-piercing ammunition".
According to the records, the FBI ransacked Meredith's room at a Holiday Inn in DC. He also allowed agents to search his phone, truck, and trailer.
Authorities said they found a Glock 19, a 9mm pistol and an assault rifle in Meredith's trailer and "about hundreds of rounds of ammunition".
Meanwhile, the District of Columbia chief attorney said "all options are on the table" to indict the rioters, many of whom were inspired by President Donald Trump's speech hours earlier at a rally about his loss of the election.
Investigators search photos, videos and tips from the public to track down members of the violent mob.
Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick died after being hit in the head with a fire extinguisher when rioters descended on the building and many other officers were injured.
Ashli Babbitt, 35, of California, was shot dead by the Capitol Police and three other people died during the chaos of medical emergencies.
The US law firm for DC, which handles both local and federal cases in the district, had filed 17 cases in federal court and at least 40 more in the Supreme Court by Saturday. The cases before the Supreme Court mainly deal with curfew violations and gun crimes.
Those tried in federal court, where prosecutors can generally impose longer sentences, face charges of violent entry and disorderly behavior on the grounds of the Capitol for assaulting a federal law enforcement officer and threatening Pelosi.
This includes Barnett, who appeared in a popular photo in Pelosi's office with his boots on his desk. He is charged with crimes such as theft of public funds, property or documents.
Coffman was arrested after authorities said they found weapons and 11 Molotov cocktail explosives made from mason jars, golf teas and cloth towels in his pickup truck.
Meredith is one of 13 people charged with federal crimes after Wednesday's uprising (pictured)
Alabama man Lonnie Coffman, whose vehicle contained 11 Molotov devices (pictured), was accused Thursday of possessing an unregistered firearm (destruction device) and carrying an unlicensed pistol
Others include the Alabama man Lonnie Coffman, whose vehicle contained 11 Molotov devices, and Richard Barnett (pictured) from Arkansas, who was photographed at a desk in Pelosi's office, according to a Justice Department statement
According to CNN, 70-year-old Coffman told police that he had filled mason jars with "melted styrofoam and gasoline".
If that combination had exploded, federal investigators believe it would have had the effects of napalm because it "causes the flammable liquid to adhere better to objects it hits upon detonation".
In addition, the authorities found rags and lighters which, together with the canning jars filled with explosives, "are in close proximity to each other a combination of parts" that could be used as a "destructive device".
Authorities said Coffman's truck was parked on First St SE on the hill near the National Republican Club at around 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
Coffman was found about a block away from where his truck was parked, carrying a 9mm and 22-caliber pistol in each of his front pockets, police said.
None of the weapons he owned were registered with him.
The Justice Department said Coffman was charged Thursday with possessing an unregistered firearm (device of destruction) and carrying an unlicensed pistol.
Coffman is currently being held until his Tuesday hearing.
A Florida man identified as the person featured in a photo posted widely on social media carrying the speaker's desk for the house was also arrested Friday.
Adam Johnson is charged, among other things, with theft of state property.
Prosecutors say these allegations are just the beginning. Authorities said Friday that more cases remained under lock and key and dozens of other people were wanted by federal agents.
US attorneys in several states, including Kentucky, Ohio and Oregon, said people in their home states could prosecute if they went to Washington and participated in the riots.
The FBI has posted photos of people in the Capitol and asked the public to help identify them.
Capitol Police arrested only more than a dozen people on the day of the violation, while DC police arrested about 70 people.
Many people left the Capitol free, which means investigators must now work to identify and track them down.
Prosecutors say these allegations are just the beginning. Authorities said Friday that more cases remained under lock and key and dozens of other people were wanted by federal agents
Authorities must distinguish between those who only went to Washington to attend the pre-insurrection rally and those who were part of the Capitol insurrection.
Investigators can take weeks to go through photos and videos, identify suspects, interview witnesses, and write a complaint to achieve an arrest.
Those who have so far been charged could also lead investigators to others who have joined the violent siege of Capitol Hill.
Michael Sherwin, acting US attorney for the District of Columbia, said this week that prosecutors are keeping nothing out of their "arsenal for possible indictments."
As prosecutors collect more evidence, they can bring more charges against those who have already arrested them.
Trump urged the crowd to march towards the Capitol and even promised to go with them, although he didn't end up doing it.
The president urged his supporters to "fight" to stop the "theft" of the elections, while his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, called for "trial by struggle".
However, the legal limit for indicting the president or other speakers at the rally for inciting violence is high.
Experts say it would be difficult to prove the president intended for violence to take place on Capitol Hill.
Trump's speech would likely not be viewed as unlawful incitement to violence as he did not specifically call for the Capitol to be stormed, experts say.
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