A retired Air Force officer who was a part of the mob thatfinal week carried as a result of he intended “to take hostages,” a prosecutor mentioned in a Texas courtroom on Thursday.
“He means to take hostages. He means to kidnap, restrain, perhaps try, perhaps execute members of the U.S. government,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Weimer mentioned of retired Lieutenant Colonel Larry Rendall Brock Jr. He didn’t present specifics.
The prosecutor had argued that Brock ought to be detained, however Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton mentioned he would launch Brock to dwelling confinement. Cureton ordered Brock to give up any firearms and mentioned he may have solely restricted web entry as circumstances of that launch.
“I need to put you on a very short rope,” Cureton mentioned. “These are strange times for our country and the concerns raised by the government do not fall on deaf ears.”
Brock appeared in courtroom in a light-weight inexperienced jumpsuit, a masks and with shackles at his fingers and ft.
Weimer didn’t element a selected plan by Brock however famous “his prior experience and training make him all the more dangerous.”
He additionally learn in courtroom social media posts from Brock, together with one posted on the day of the Capitol riot that mentioned: “Patriots on the Capitol. Patriots storming. Men with guns need to shoot their way in.”
Brock was arrested Sunday in Texas after being photographed on the Senate flooring through the lethal riot sporting a helmet and heavy vest and carrying plastic zip-tie handcuffs. The 53-year-old is charged with knowingly getting into or remaining in a restricted constructing or grounds with out lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Brock’s legal professional, Brook Antonio II, famous that Brock has solely been charged with misdemeanors. Antonio mentioned there was no direct proof of Brock breaking doorways or home windows to get into the Capitol, or doing something violent as soon as he was inside.
“It’s all talk. It’s all speculation and conjecture,” mentioned Antonio, who famous Brock’s lengthy service within the army, together with being reactivated after September 11 and his 4 excursions in Afghanistan.
Weimer mentioned Brock will possible face extra prices.
More than 100 folks have been arrested within the Capitol riot, with prices starting from curfew violations to critical federal felonies associated to theft and weapons possession.
The FBI has been investigating whether or not among the rioters had deliberate to kidnap members of Congress and maintain them hostage.
Before his arrest, Brock instructed The New Yorker journal that he discovered the zip-tie cuffs on the ground and that he had deliberate to offer them to a police officer.
“I wish I had not picked those up,” he mentioned.
There was no proof introduced that Brock had a firearm on the day of the Capitol riot.
rAntonio requested an FBI agent who was testifying whether or not it was attainable Brock had simply picked up the cuffs, and the agent acknowledged that was a chance.
Weimer learn a termination letter from Brock’s former employer that mentioned he had talked within the office about killing folks of a “particular religion and or race.” Weimer additionally learn social media posts by which Brock referred to a coming civil struggle and the election being stolen from President Donald Trump.
Weimer mentioned Brock’s posts additionally referenced the far-right and anti-government Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters, a unfastened anti-government community that is a part of the militia motion. The Oath Keepers declare to depend hundreds of present and former legislation enforcement officers and army veterans as members.
The FBI agent although testified there was no proof past the social media posts that Brock was concerned with both of these teams.
Judges throughout the nation, together with some nominated by Trump, have repeatedly dismissed instances difficult the election outcomes, and Attorney General William Barr has mentioned there was no signal of widespread fraud.