WASHINGTON (NewsNationNow) – The FBI said a Virginia man accused of participating in the Capitol Riot was part of a “militia-style” group masquerading as a Bible study.
Fi Duong, the group’s leader, was indicted and arrested for his participation in the Jan.6 uprising, but a 15-page indictment shows he was planning to go further.
“This organization did not only think about violence, had ideas about it, complained about political circumstances. They were taking direct action, ”said Phil Andrews, a retired FBI agent.
According to the indictment, the group discussed plans to stockpile firearms and Molotov cocktails, conducted surveillance rounds around the United States Capitol complex, and approved a plan for Virginia separates from the United States.
Investigators say the group also discussed the release of other rioters on Capitol Hill.
Andrews says this case is not isolated and should serve as a wake-up call to law enforcement.
“This is the number one public safety threat America faces today.” Andrews said.
The Justice Department said law enforcement has arrested more than 530 rioters to date.
NewsNationNow.com has contacted Duong’s attorney for comment but has not received a response.