A Ladera Ranch resident has been charged in connection with the Capitol riots, according to reports.
Russell Taylor has been charged with crimes in connection with the Jan. 6 uprising at the United States Capitol.
Russell Taylor, 40, of Ladera Ranch was charged with participating in an insurgency at the United States Capitol building on Jan. 6, disrupting the joint session of congress on the day the electoral college votes would certify a new president.
According to federal court records, Taylor has been charged with obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building, and disorderly conduct, among other offenses.
According to the grand jury indictment, six California residents were charged in total:
- Russell Taylor, 40, of Ladera Ranch;
- Allan Hostetter, 56, of San Clemente;
- Erik Scott Warner, 45, of Menifee;
- Derek Kinnison, 39, of Lake Elsinore
- Ronald Mele, 51, of Temecula.
- Felipe Antonio "Tony" Martinez, 47, of Lake Elsinore;
All three face federal charges of conspiracy, obstructing an official proceeding, and unlawful entry into a restricted building or grounds, all of which are felonies, according to Hostetter's attorney, Bilal A. Essayli.
According to the Department of Justice, Taylor is also charged with obstructing law enforcement during a civil disorder and unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon on Capitol grounds. Additionally, Warner and Kinnison face charges of tampering with records or proceedings.
Each of the six individuals mentioned is a member of what has been dubbed the "Three Percenters militia group." According to the Department of Justice, the "Three Percenters" argued that only 3% of American colonists fought the British during the American Revolution. According to the DOJ, some Three Percenters compare the current US government to British authorities that violated civil liberties prior to and during the American Revolution.
According to the indictment, Hostetter and Taylor drove across the country together on January 3 to reach Washington, D.C., along with Hostetter's wife, who had not been charged as of this report.
Hostetter "did not enter the Capitol" and his family is "concerned that the government is charging him with multiple felonies."
Hostetter, a devout Trump supporter, organized multiple rallies against the county's coronavirus response in 2020 under the banner "The American Phoenix Project," which included protests against restrictions and the destruction of a fence in San Clemente.
All six were scheduled to appear in court in Santa Ana on Thursday afternoon.