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Temecula Man, 5 Others Indicted In US Capitol Attack

Patch logo Patch 6/11/2021 Toni McAllister
a view of a city at sunset: The indictment lays out the alleged scheming the six men undertook in the weeks leading up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol that resulted in five deaths and more than 140 people injured. © Mark Makela/Getty Images The indictment lays out the alleged scheming the six men undertook in the weeks leading up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol that resulted in five deaths and more than 140 people injured.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — Four Southwest Riverside County men and two Orange County residents have been charged for their role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday.

Ronald Mele, 51, of Temecula, Erik Scott Warner, 45, of Menifee, Felipe Antonio “Tony” Martinez, 47, of Lake Elsinore, and Derek Kinnison, 39, of Lake Elsinore allegedly conspired with Russell Taylor, 40, of Ladera Ranch, and former La Habra police chief Alan Hostetter, 56, of San Clemente to "corruptly obstruct, influence, and impede the Congressional proceeding at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021," according to the indictment.

The federal document lays out the alleged scheming the six men undertook in the weeks leading up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol that resulted in five deaths and more than 140 people injured.

On Dec. 19, Hostetter used his Instagram account to promote reasons to travel to D.C.

"Late last night President Trump tweeted that all patriots should descend on Washington DC on Wednesday l/612021. This is the date of the Joint Session of Congress in which they will either accept or reject the fake/phony/stolen electoral college votes. I will be there, bullhorns on fire, to let the swamp dwellers know we will not let them steal our country from us. I hope you can join me!! #fightfortrump #stopthesteal #savetherepublic," Hostetter posted.

The other men heeded the call, with Mele posting to Facebook on Dec. 29, "soldiers hitting the highway soon to be in DC on the 6ft. Ready up!"

The men often coordinated their plans through Telegram, an encrypted messaging application, according to the indictment.

Taylor chatted, "I personally want to be on the front steps and be one of the first ones to breach the doors!"

Hostetter and Taylor texted back and forth on Dec. 31, "Alan are you bringing firearms?"

"NO NEVER," Hostetter replied, followed by three emojis of faces laughing with tears coming out of their eyes.

A day prior, Taylor posted to his Instagram account, asking "California Patriots" to join in marching "into the Capitol on Jan. 6."

"There will be speakers there and we will be part of the large effort for the "Wild Rally" that Trump has asked us all to be part of," Taylor wrote.

In a series of New Year's Day messages, Taylor explained the purpose of "this thread is exclusive to be utilized to organize a group of fighters to have each other's backs and ensure that no one will trample on our rights. Also, if there is key intel that we need to be aware of to r possible threats. I am assuming that you have some type of weaponry that you are bringing with you and plates as well."

The six men allegedly identified as "3 Percenters" and planned how to bring weaponry to the Capitol.

Hostetter posted to Instagram on Jan. 3, "Only 3% of Americans actually fought in our War of Independence. There will likely be 3% of us again that will commit fully to this battle but, just as in 1776 patriots will prevail. Things are going to come to a head in the U.S. in the next several days. Stay tuned!"

In responding to a text question about the type of firearms to bring to the Capitol, Mele wrote, "Shorter the better. Mine will be able to be stashed under the seat. I'll bring it. 18" barrel."

On Jan. 2, Kinnison, Warner and Martinez met at Mele's Temecula home for their D.C. road trip. Taylor and Hostetter made other travel arrangements.

Once the Capitol chaos began, Taylor allegedly sent text messages to several people saying that he "stormed the capital."

When asked by one of his text recipients "What happens next?" Taylor responded, "Insurrection!"

All six defendants were indicted on four felony counts of conspiracy to obstruct official proceedings; obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting; and two counts of entering a restricted building or grounds.

Kinnison and Warner were also indicted on a count of tampering with documents or proceedings.

Taylor was additionally indicted on one count of obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder and aiding and abetting, and one count of unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon on Capitol grounds or buildings.

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