Six members of far right militia group the Three Percenters were hit with conspiracy charges Thursday on top of up to five other counts for their roles in the January 6th domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol, Reuters reports.
Two of the six defendants, Alan Hostetter and Russell Taylor, were photographed with Roger Stone at a hotel and a rally night before the Capitol attack, and they were reportedly acting as bodyguards for the Trump advisor during his time in Washington. The others named are Eric Scott Warner, Felipe Antonio “Tony” Martinez, Derek Kinnison and Ronald Mele.
The Three Percenters were formed in 2009 by people who mistakenly believe that only three percent of the residents of the Colonies participated in the fight against the British to gain American independence.
According to the indictment, the six men used an encrypted messaging app starting in December 2020 to plan an attack on the Capitol as well as ways in which to bring weapons to the rallies to use during the coup attempt. They were inspired, reportedly, by claims made by Donald Trump and his followers that the November 2020 was fixed and that the vote counts were fraudulent.
In one exchange, Taylor reportedly told the group, “I personally want to be on the front steps and be one of the first ones to breach the doors!”
Federal prosecutors are increasingly bringing conspiracy charges against people affiliated with the Proud Boys, the Three Percenters and the Oath Keepers who had planned for a violent attack prior to traveling to Washington, DC for Trump’s planned “Stop the Steal” rally.