A heavily armed man arrested a day after the deadly riot on Capitol Hill last week sent text messages threatening to kill Washington’s mayor as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to a government memorandum.
Cleveland Grover Meredith was armed with an assault rifle, a Glock firearm with high capacity magazines and more than 2,500 rounds of ammunition, according to documents filed in federal court Wednesday asking that Meredith be detained without bail.
Authorities say Meredith texted several people about plans of violence in the days leading up to her arrival in Washington on Jan.6 from Colorado. Earlier today, rioting supporters of angry President Donald Trump said Congress was preparing to certify election results for President-elect Joe Biden, having stormed the U.S. Capitol. At least five people, including a Capitol police officer, have died as a result of the violence.
Meredith, in one of the texts, states that “we’re going to circle DC and slowly pull together.” Apparently believing that law enforcement was monitoring his communications, he then sent a message saying, “I am harmless … I will not shoot until SIR is ordered!”
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After receiving texts describing the riot, Meredith replied, “Ready to remove several skulls from the shoulders.” Shortly thereafter, the defendant sent a text which stated: “I am so ready to (swear) SOME TRAITORS UP.”
On January 7, Meredith sent a message saying, “I can go to the mayor’s office and put a 5.56 in his head, (expletive).” He also wrote, “I hope you read this Mr. FBI agent.
Later: “Thinking about heading for Pelosi’s (expletive) speech and putting a bullet in his head on live TV.”
He then sent a message saying, “I predict that in the next 12 days many people in our country will die.”
Meredith also committed an assault on Thursday, according to the papers, hitting a victim in the head, throwing them to the ground and assaulting them further.
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Meredith faces charges of interstate communication of threats and weapons offenses.
“A clearly deranged, deranged and dangerous individual who fantasizes about committing horrific acts of violence and takes countless steps to execute them as they drive through multiple states with a trailer full of thousands of rounds and multiple guns – including a assault rifle – must not remain in the community ”, indicates the federal file.