Police discovered a truck full of explosives and weapons outside the Capitol Uprising.
According to federal prosecutors, an Alabama man reportedly parked a pickup truck filled with 11 homemade bombs, an assault rifle and a handgun two blocks from the US Capitol building on Wednesday for hours before authorities ever heard.
Another man reportedly turned up with an assault rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in the nation's capital and told friends that, prosecutors said, he wanted to shoot or run over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The findings are some of the most disturbing information that this week have been made public by federal prosecutors as they outline the breadth of the weapons available to support pro-Trump rioters who invaded the Capitol.
Other people have been suspected of bringing firearms and ammunition to the Capitol grounds, and as a wide-ranging investigation unfurls, further charges are likely to come.
The specifics of the weapons cache in the pickup truck is found in federal records alleging federal crimes against Lonnie Leroy Coffman of Falkville, Alabama.
During the scramble to defend the federal building, a bomb squad discovered the arsenal after it was overwhelmed by pro-Trump rioters and other explosives were found throughout Washington, DC.
On Friday, the Department of Justice announced charges against 13 riot-related Capitol suspects, including a representative from West Virginia and a man who stormed the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and sat at her desk.
The rebellion on Capitol Hill has rattled the capital of the nation and the details of the charges contribute to an increasing awareness of the crowd's radical elements.
Although Coffman was arrested and charged with possession of an unregistered weapon and carrying a gun without a license, some of the most extreme claims yet about the amount of danger around the Capitol building on Wednesday are given by Friday's sworn police statement.
Demonstrators finally forced their way into the building after hundreds of pro-Trump rioters broke through barriers set up around the perimeter of the Capitol and police evacuated the House and Senate floors.
President Donald Trump released a video telling the rioters to "go home," only after pleading from aides and congressional allies inside the besieged Capitol, while also fanning their baseless grievances about a stolen election.
"Coffman, 70, told police that he had "melted Styrofoam and gasoline" filled mason jars.
"insofar as it causes the flammable liquid to better stick to objects that it hits upon detonation,"insofar as it causes the flammable liquid to stick better to objects that it hits upon detonation.
Cloth rags and lighters were also identified by the police.
The court records claimed that those products and the explosive-filled mason jars are a combination of parts that could be used as a "in close proximity to one another constitute a combination of parts" "destructive device."
At 9:15am ET on First St SE on the Hill, near the National Republican Club, usually called the Capitol Hill Club, Coffman had parked his pickup truck.
According to the complaint, the building is within a block of a large US House office building and the Library of Congress. The truck also had a handgun, along with rifle magazines loaded with bullets, on the passenger seat and an M4 Carbine assault rifle, police said.
Police at the Capitol in riot gear.
Coffman was also carrying a 9mm pistol and a .22-caliber handgun in each of his front pockets when police spotted him and searched him about a mile away after dusk, the police complaint said.
He had not registered any of the weapons found in his truck or on his body.
This week, Coffman appeared before a federal judge and is being held at least until Tuesday, his next court appearance. In court, he has not yet entered a plea.
A request for comment on the charges against him on Friday was not answered by the federal public defender defending him.
Man charged after he tried to fire Pelosi after reportedly texting, feds claim
A day before Trump's rally, another man came to Washington with hundreds of rounds of ammo and an assault weapon and had texted associates that he wanted Pelosi to be shot or run over.
According to court records obtained by CNN and his initial court hearings on Friday, Federal authorities accused the man, Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr., of writing threats and possessing an unregistered weapon and ammunition, and he is being held at least until a court hearing next week.
"putting a bullet in [Pelosi's] noggin on Live TV"putting a bullet in [Pelosi's] noggin on Live TV"a s—- ton of ... armor piercing ammo,"a s—-ton of... armor piercing ammo. He also reportedly texted on Wednesday about running over Pelosi. With purple devil emojis, Meredith punctuated his texts, and used many slurs for women to refer to the speaker, the police said.
A day before Trump's rally, Meredith came into town, although he had wanted to arrive earlier, the FBI said. He had previously protested outside the home of Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia, a Republican who is a key figure who had attacked Trump and his supporters for confirming the victory of President-elect Joe Biden in the state.
This week, Meredith was staying at a Holiday Inn in southwest Washington and he let the FBI search his hotel room, phone, vehicle, and Wednesday night's trailer, the allegations said.
Agents discovered three weapons inside the trailer—a Glock 19, a 9 mm pistol and an assault rifle—and "approximately hundreds of rounds of ammunition."
Meredith said he knew that he wasn't allowed to have guns in a town that had strict gun laws, so he transferred them to the trailer, the complaint said. In its arrest warrant documentation, the FBI claimed that it will conduct a thorough search of the trailer.
Announcing more federal charges
In total, 13 persons face criminal charges arising from the riot, the Department of Justice said Friday.
The complete court records for all defendants have not yet been made public and only a number of people have made court appearances. In addition to those who were convicted, the Department of Justice said that "have been submitted and investigations are ongoing."
Coffman and Meredith are not the only persons currently facing gun charges. On the Capitol grounds, Christopher Alberts of Maryland was suspected of wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a handgun and 25 rounds of ammunition.
"The lawless destruction of the U.S. Capitol building was an attack against one of our Nation's greatest institutions," U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said in a Friday news release.
"My Office, along with our law enforcement partners at all levels, have been expeditiously working and leveraging every resource to identify, arrest, and begin prosecuting these individuals who took part in the brazen criminal acts at the U.S. Capitol."
Steven D'Antuono, assistant director in charge of the Washington FBI field office, explained: "Just because you've left the DC region you can still expect a knock on the door if we find out you were part of the criminal activity at the Capitol,"
"The FBI is not sparing any resources in this investigation," he said, adding that agents from all 56 field offices are engaged in the investigation by combing through recordings, social media posts and public tips.
"Today's charges are just the start of the results of the extensive work done by the FBI and our partners for the past few days, and we are far from done," added D'Antuono.
That message was repeated by Ken Kohl, DC's second highest-ranking official in the U.S. attorney's office, who said Friday, "We literally have hundreds of prosecutors and agents working from three command centers on what is really a 24/7 operation."
He continued, "The department will spare no resources in our efforts to hold all these people accountable. It's going to be something that we'll continue to work on in the coming hours, days, and weeks as we pursue this investigation."
Arrested guy who took photos at Pelosi's desk
Richard Barnett of Arkansas, who was pictured sitting at the desk of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the disturbances on Wednesday, is among those facing federal charges.
Federal officials say he was taken into custody in Little Rock on Friday morning.
According to a criminal complaint, Barnett, who is known as Bigo, was charged with intentionally entering or staying in restricted buildings or grounds without legal authority, aggressive entry and disorderly activity on Capitol grounds, as well as theft of public property.
Whether Barnett had an attorney was not immediately clear.
Barnett is in FBI custody, reported to CNN by Lt. Shannon Jenkins, the public information officer of the sheriff's office in Benton County, Arkansas. He is in the FBI's custody. He was not booked into our facility. He was transported to another facility and in the FBI's custody,"He is in the custody of the FBI. He did not get booked into our facility. He was transported to another facility and in the custody of the FBI,"
When asked, the name of the facility to which Barnett was moved was not given by Jenkins.
Authorities say Barnett was caught at about 2:50 p.m. on video surveillance entering Pelosi's office area. ET with an American flag and a mobile phone, leaving with just his cell phone six minutes later.
With his boot propped on Pelosi's desk, Barnett was photographed and the flag draped nearby.
He spoke with media outlets later and was caught carrying an envelope from Pelosi's office on camera. "I did not steal it."I didn't steal it."put a quarter on her desk,"put a quarter on her desk.
Security concerns on Capitol Hill are looming large
Even as more arrests are made in connection with the Capitol violation, lawmakers claim they are perplexed by the lack of preparedness among law enforcement since it was clear for weeks that Trump was promoting a rally he said was aimed at preventing Joe Biden's win from being certified.
U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund is resigning in reaction. He said in a statement Thursday that metal pipes and other weapons had been "actively attacked" by the Capitol Police and other law enforcement officers.
"They were determined to enter into the Capitol Building by causing great damage," Sund said.
"The violent attack on the U.S. Capitol was unlike any I have ever experienced in my 30 years in law enforcement here in Washington, D.C.," he said. "Maintaining public safety in an open environment — specifically for First Amendment activities — has long been a challenge."
Multiple rioters who were at the Capitol are known by photos and video on social media, beyond just arrests, and others have lost or fled their jobs because of it.
For example, Direct Marketing Company Navistar revealed that an employee had been dismissed after he was photographed inside the broken Capitol wearing his company ID badge.
"While we support all employees' right to peaceful, lawful exercise of free speech, any employee demonstrating dangerous conduct that endangers the health and safety of others will no longer have an employment opportunity with Navistar Direct Marketing," the company said in a statement provided to CNN.