MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama man who parked a truck full of Molotov cocktails and a cache of gun blocks from the US Capitol had “worrying” handwritten notes that named a federal judge named by Obama as a “bad guy “, said a Muslim. contact details of representatives and contact details of conservative media figures, according to court records.
The documents were unsealed Tuesday in the federal case against Lonnie Coffman, who was formally charged with 17 counts of weapons after his arrest on Jan.6.
Prosecutors have included photos of his various weapons and handwritten notes in a motion for pre-trial detention, arguing that “the handwritten messages sound the alarm bells in the context of the January 6 riots and the criminal violation of our nation’s democratic process. “.
Coffman, 70, was arrested on Jan.6 following a chaotic pro-Trump rally that resulted in a riot and deadly insurgency in the halls of Congress.
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“The components of the Molotov cocktail were created in such a way as to be particularly lethal, with a napalm substance inside that would stick to the target and continue to burn,” prosecutors wrote in a motion for detention. “The accused had hundreds of rounds of ammunition, each of which could cost a human life. The van was parked near the United States Capitol.”
Coffman had five illegal firearms, prosecutors said – two pistols, a revolver, an AR-15 and a shotgun – in addition to Molotov cocktails and a “high-capacity ammunition feeder.”
The charges against Coffman include possession of an unregistered firearm, carrying a pistol without a license, carrying a rifle or shotgun outside of a home or business. a place of business, possession of a large ammunition supply device, and illegal possession of ammunition.
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“The accused brought these weapons to the immediate vicinity of the US Capitol, and walked around the area with two firearms on his person,” said the request for pre-trial detention. “The quantity of weapons suggests an intention to supply them to others, as no one could reasonably be able to use so many at once.
The motion added: “The nature and gravity of the danger the defendant would pose if released cannot be overstated.”
Coffman was not charged with illegally entering a federal building or with civil unrest, as were others arrested on January 6 and charged with directly participating in the riot inside the Capitol.
Counsel for Coffman, a DC public defender, did not return requests for comment sent by phone and email. Further attempts to reach the Coffman family have failed.
In addition to handwritten notes calling personalities in the conservative and right-wing media “nice” and “good girl,” Coffman scribbled a quote attributed to President Abraham Lincoln: “We the people are the rightful masters of Congress and the courts, Do not overturn the Constitution but overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. “
Lincoln’s quote comes from a speech Lincoln gave in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 17, 1859 on behalf of Republican candidates and was not a call for a violent insurgency.
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Lincoln criticized his longtime rival, Democratic Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas, for saying he “doesn’t care” if slavery is “voted up or down.” Lincoln also attacked Douglas for his oft-stated belief that the Declaration of Independence’s freedom guarantees did not include black men.
The future president urged his audience to organize politically to block Douglas’ essentially pro-slavery agenda and ensure that anti-slavery laws, especially the ban on slavery in federal territories, come to fruition .
Coffman parked a truck with Molotov cocktails near US Capitol
Police said they found Coffman’s truck, parked on a block behind the Cannon House office building and the Library of Congress, during a bomb squad sweep linked to another bomb threat artisanal in the region. An officer reported the red van after spotting the handle of a gun in the cabin.
Investigators said the Molotov cocktails were found in the platform of the truck. The explosives, which a federal prosecutor compared to “homemade napalm” last week, consisted of mason jars, golf tees and cloth rags. Coffman later allegedly admitted to investigators that they were filled with gasoline and molten polystyrene, a mixture that would allow the flaming liquid to better stick to any object hit after the explosives exploded.
Investigators believe Coffman parked the truck around 9:15 a.m. and exited the vehicle, according to surveillance footage cited in the court file.
At around 6:30 p.m., a woman drove Coffman to the 400 block of First Street Southeast, one block from Coffman’s truck. Coffman told officers at the scene he was trying to get back to his parked vehicle.
The man asked the officers if they had located the bombs, which the officers initially understood to be a reference to the components of the destructive devices located in Coffman’s truck, but which then understood as a reference to the secure perimeter that had been established by law. law enforcement, the perimeter of which had prevented Coffman from returning to his car earlier, ”the affidavit states.
Coffman would have identified himself and his truck.