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A man who fantasized about shooting or running over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is among those facing federal charges after the Capitol riot on Wednesday.
Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr. allegedly sent a text message saying he was thinking of “putting a bullet in [Pelosi’s] noggin on Live TV” and another that said he was headed to Washington with “a s–t ton of … armor piercing ammo,” CNN reported.
He also allegedly texted about running over Pelosi, using purple devil emojis and several slurs for women in his texts.
The Feds charged Meredith with writing threats and possessing an unregistered firearm and ammunition. He is being held at least until a court hearing next week, according to court documents obtained by CNN and his initial court proceedings on Friday.
In recent weeks, Meredith protested outside of the home of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican who President Trump and his supporters attacked for confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s vote win in the state.
Meredith let the FBI search his room at a Holiday Inn in southwest Washington, along with his phone, truck and its trailer. Inside the trailer, agents found three guns — a Glock 19, a 9 mm pistol and an assault rifle — and “approximately hundreds of rounds of ammunition.” The complaint said Meredith knew the city’s strict gun laws meant he was not supposed to have firearms so he put them in the trailer.
Others who swarmed the Capitol on Wednesday also face weapons charges, including Lonnie Coleman, 70, of Falkville, Alabama, who was busted carrying an assault rifle near his truck packed with 11 Molotov cocktails near a Congressional office building a couple of blocks from the Capitol.
In addition, Christopher Alberts, of Maryland, was accused of wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a handgun and 25 rounds of ammunition on Capitol grounds.
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