Federal prosecutors allege that a Colorado man drove his car to Washington, DC last week amid riots in the Capitol building, armed with an arsenal of weapons and ammunition, and was intending to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr. You have been charged By federal prosecutors with interstate communications of threats, as well as possession of an unregistered firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. He is also accused of assault after allegations of headbutt of a bystander without provocation on January 7.
In a motion demanding that Meredith be kept in prison before trial, prosecutors described Meredith as “a clearly disturbed, troubled, and dangerous person who imagines horrific acts of violence and takes countless steps to implement them.”
The FBI obtained information on January 7 that Meredith was in Washington, D.C., intending to shoot Pelosi and the city’s mayor, Muriel BowserAccording to the criminal case. When officers came to the Meredith Hotel room later that day, he told them he had arrived too late to attend a rally for President Donald Trump and subsequent riots at the U.S. Capitol.
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The agents obtained Meredith’s approval to search the room, as well as his truck, trailer and phone. They found a Glock 19, a 9mm pistol, a Tavor X95 assault rifle and “over 2,500 rounds of ammunition” including armor-piercing rounds. The FBI captured the propaganda clip for further research.
Officers also discovered a “suspected THC box of food.” The documents state that Meredith has admitted to using regular marijuana and has a history of mental illness.
The US Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC has requested that Meredith be detained without bail until he is brought to trial.
Federal prosecutors wrote in the court documents: “There are no conditions or set of conditions that would guarantee the safety of society and its return to court in this jurisdiction.”
Text conversations from Meredith’s phone last week included several threats he made to Pelosi. According to court documents, some of the people who received the texts warned Meredith to be cautious and back off. The documents show that Meredith also sent texts assuming law enforcement officials were monitoring his phone.
“Did you get that Mr. Marxist FBI agent? Go FK yourself,” read one text.
Meredith told clients that he attended a demonstration in DC in November as well as a protest outside Georgia County. Brian Kemp’s residence.
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