A suspected member of the Oath Keepers militia who offered safety for Roger J. Stone Jr. on the day the Capitol was attacked has been arrested in reference to the riot, the federal authorities mentioned.
The man, Roberto Minuta, was taken into custody on Saturday in Newburgh, N.Y., and was accused of breaching the Capitol after “aggressively” taunting and berating legislation enforcement officers, in line with a prison grievance unsealed on Monday. Prosecutors mentioned that when federal brokers arrested Mr. Minuta, 36, he requested why he was being focused for the riot and why they weren’t investigating Black Lives Matter and the far-left activists often called Antifa.
Last month, The New York Times and different media retailers recognized Mr. Minuta, who lives in Texas and owns a tattoo parlor in Newburgh, as one in every of six individuals with ties to the Oath Keepers who guarded Mr. Stone, an in depth ally and adviser to former President Donald J. Trump, on the morning of Jan. 6 or the day earlier than.
Mr. Stone, who was pardoned on seven felony convictions by Mr. Trump, was in Washington on the day the then-president spoke to a crowd forward of the assault on the Capitol. Mr. Stone has denied any involvement within the assault, posting a message on-line decrying the riot as “the lawless acts at the Capitol.”
At a listening to in Federal District Court in White Plains, N.Y., on Monday afternoon, prosecutors cited the Times account and confirmed that Mr. Minuta had offered safety to superstar purchasers in Washington earlier than the assault, however didn’t point out Mr. Stone by identify. According to court docket papers, Mr. Minuta traveled to Washington from New Jersey on Jan. 5 and stormed the Capitol carrying military-style tactical gear and carrying a canister of bear spray.
In May, Mr. Minuta reopened his tattoo parlor, Casa di Dolore, in defiant violation of New York State’s coronavirus restrictions. In a video he posted on-line, Mr. Minuta mentioned he was disobeying the virus legal guidelines “in complete defiance of the tyrannical authority that our governor here thinks he has over the millions of people in this state.”
After the reopening, Stewart Rhodes, the founder and chief of the Oath Keepers, did an online interview with Mr. Minuta wherein he mentioned the tattoo parlor proprietor was being designated as “a lifetime Oath Keeper.” Prosecutors cited the interview in Mr. Minuta’s grievance.
The Oath Keepers, a paramilitary group principally composed of former legislation enforcement officers and navy veterans, was one of many far-right extremist organizations with the biggest presence on the Capitol assault. So far, 9 different accused members of the group have been charged in a wide-ranging conspiracy to overturn President Biden’s electoral victory in a plot that prosecutors say started not lengthy after Election Day.
At the listening to on Monday, Mr. Minuta was launched on bond pending trial.