This is the primary case in opposition to a number of folks stated to be affiliated with the Three Percenters.
The alleged Three Percenter conspirators are: Alan Hostetter, of San Clemente, Russell Taylor, of Ladera Ranch, Erik Scott Warner of Menifee, Felipe Antonio “Tony” Martinez and Derek Kinnison, of Lake Elsinore, and Ronald Mele, of Temecula.
Kinnison had written in an encrypted app the group used for planning that he, Martinez and Warner took half in the Three Percenters militia, which prosecutors say supported an armed revolution.
Taylor, a speaker at a January 5 rally for then-President Donald Trump, can also be accused of carrying a knife and telling the group throughout the January 6 siege to “move forward” and head “inside!”
Hostetter had based the American Phoenix Project to oppose pandemic restrictions in 2020, and labored with Taylor and an unnamed individual later in the 12 months to declare the election had been stolen from Trump, in accordance to the indictment Thursday.
Hostetter and Taylor additionally co-sponsored the pro-Trump rally close to the Supreme Court on January 5, someday earlier than the assault, NCS beforehand reported.
Footage of the rally exhibits the boys spewing militant vitriol: Hostetter advised the group to put together for “war tomorrow” in opposition to “vipers” in Congress who refused to nullify President Joe Biden’s win. Taylor stated, “We will not return to our peaceful way of life until this election is made right.”
Leading up to January 6, Hostetter and Taylor booked rooms on the Kimpton George Hotel and had a Telegram chat they named “The California Patriots-Answer the Call Jan 6.”
Another Telegram chat, utilized by all six defendants, stated in its “about” part that it will function the communications for “able bodied individuals” who on January 6 have been “willing to fight,” in accordance to the indictment.
Another of the indicted males, Ronald Mele, wrote on Facebook that he deliberate to convey “gear,” and he stayed at a Courtyard Marriott in Washington, DC, prosecutors stated.
Mele, Warner, Kinnison and Martinez deliberate a cross-country street journey to make it to the Trump rally, prosecutors stated.
The 4 additionally mentioned utilizing earpieces connected to radios and stashing weapons in their SUV, the indictment stated.
NCS’s requests for remark to Hostetter on Thursday went unanswered.
Dyke Huish, an legal professional for Taylor, advised NCS his consumer has not been arrested and that Taylor plans to self-report to authorities on Friday.
“Mr. Taylor intends to appear in court and intends to enter a not guilty plea,” Huish stated. “(The indictment) came as a surprise to us.”
NCS’s Paul Murphy contributed to this report.