Officials Tell Man With Assault Weapon Charged With Threatening Pelosi,
On Friday, the Department of Justice said that Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr. was one of 13 persons who were convicted in federal court after the Capitol was attacked by a violent pro-Trump mob.
The federal authorities said that a man who had an assault weapon was accused of assaulting Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, after traveling to Washington for a pro-Trump rally on Wednesday and sending a text message saying he would put "a bullet in her noggin on Live TV."
The man, Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr., was staying at a Holiday Inn in Washington, Federal agents said, and he had guns in his camper-style trailer, including a Glock revolver, a shotgun, a Tavor X95 assault rifle, and hundreds of ammunition rounds.
According to court documents, Mr. Meredith was charged with transmitting a threat to interstate commerce, possession of an unregistered weapon and illegal possession of ammunition. If he had a lawyer was not immediately apparent.
On Friday, the Department of Justice said he was one of 13 persons indicted in federal court after a violent pro-Trump crowd invaded the Capitol on Wednesday and disturbed Congress as it certified the presidential election results.
Conspiracy theorists, Proud Boys, elected officials and everyday Americans were among those accused.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution announced that in Acworth, Ga., Mr. Meredith had installed a billboard in 2018 that read, "# QANON" along with his company name, Car Nutz Car Wash.
The theory of the QAnon plot, classified by the F.B.I. as a possible threat to domestic terrorism, suspects Democrats and certain Republicans of belonging to a cabal of bureaucrats, pedophiles and Satanists. Many supporters claim that a terrorist band of sex traffickers is secretly fighting President Trump.
In 2018, Mr. Meredith told The Journal-Constitution that because he was "a patriot among the millions who love this country," he had put up the QAnon billboard.
Mr. Meredith, whose present hometown was unavailable, informed federal agents that he had driven from Colorado and had arrived in Washington too late for the rally on Wednesday.
"According to the F.B.I., he wrote in one of several text messages to friends, "I'm trying but currently stuck in Cambridge, OH with trailer lights being replaced,
"He said he had "a lot of 5.56 armor piercing ammunition" in another text message, followed by a purple devil emoji. In other text messages, he referred to Ms. Pelosi with misogynistic slurs and tried to run over her, said the F.B.I.
"I predict that many in our nation will die within 12 days," Mr. Meredith wrote, according to the F.B.I.