A retired Air Force officer who was part of the crowdDone last week Because he “intended to take the hostages,” a prosecutor said in a Texas court on Thursday.
Assistant US Attorney Jay Weimer said of retired Lt. Col. Larry Randall Brock Jr., “He means to hold hostages. He means maybe kidnap members of the US government, try.”
The prosecutor had argued that Brock should be detained, but Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Curran said he would leave Brock imprisoned in the house. Curtan ordered Broke to surrender any firearms, saying that he could only use limited Internet access as the conditions for that release.
“I need to put you on a very short rope,” Cureton said. “These are strange times for our country and the concerns raised by the government do not fall on deaf ears.”
Brock appeared in court in a light green jumpsuit, with a mask on his hands and feet.
Weimer did not describe a specific plan by Brock but “his prior experience and training made him more dangerous.”
He also read court social media posts from Brock, including a post on the day of the Capitol riot that said: “Patriots on the Capitol. Patriots storm. Men with guns are required to shoot in their own way.”
Brock was arrested on Sunday during a deadly riot on the Senate floor in Texas wearing a plastic zip-tie handcuff wearing a helmet and a heavy vest. The 53-year-old is accused of intentionally entering a restricted building or ground with no legal rights or committing violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol Ground.
Brock’s attorney Brooke Antonio II said Brock has only been charged with rape. Antonio said that there was no direct evidence of Brock’s doors or windows being broken to enter the Capitol, or doing anything violent while he was inside.
“It’s all a matter. It’s all speculation and conjecture,” said Antonio, who is noted for his military service, including Brooke’s long service and his four trips to Afghanistan after September 11.
Weimer said Brock would face additional charges.
More than 100 people have been arrested in the Capitol riot, ranging from curfew violations to theft and possession of weapons to serious federal felony.
The FBI is investigating whether some rioters planned to kidnap members of Congress and hold them hostage.
Before his arrest, Brock told The New Yorker magazine that he found a zip-tie cuff on the floor and that he planned to give it to a police officer.
“I wish I hadn’t raised those people,” he said.
No evidence has been offered that Brock’s gun was on the day of the capital riots.
rAntonio asked an FBI agent who was testifying whether it was possible that Brock had just lifted the cuff, and the agent admitted that it was a possibility.
Weimer read a termination letter from Brock’s former employer stating that he spoke in the workplace about killing people of “particular religion and race”. Weimer also read social media posts in which Brock mentioned the coming civil war and the election being stolen from President Donald Trump.
Weimar said Brock’s posts mentioned far-flung and anti-government oath keepers and Three Percenters, a loose-fitting anti-government network that is part of the militia movement. Oath guards claim to count thousands of current and former law enforcement officers and military veterans as members.
The FBI agent, however, testified that there was no evidence beyond social media posts that Brock was involved with any of those groups.
Judges across the country, including some named by Trump, have repeatedly rejected cases challenging the election results, and Attorney General William Burr has said there was no indication of widespread fraud.