FBI says Capitol suspect was part of self-proclaimed militia ‘Bible study’

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  • The FBI says it infiltrated a militia-like group after tracking down a suspect in the Capitol Riot.
  • New court documents indicate that an undercover FBI agent befriended 27-year-old Fi Duong soon after the riot.
  • Duong is accused of storming the Capitol and a complaint describes his group’s activities.

A man accused of storming the Capitol on January 6 is also said to have participated in a self-proclaimed militia which called its meetings “Bible study” and discussed the surveillance of the Capitol complex after the attack.

Fi Duong, 27, was returned to house arrest on Friday after facing multiple charges, including disorderly conduct and obstructing official riot-related proceedings.

In a complaint made public Tuesday, the FBI said an undercover police officer met Duong on Capitol Hill the day supporters of President Donald Trump broke into the building and clashed with law enforcement.

He described himself to the officer as an “operator,” the complaint said, adding that evidence showed that he was later seen inside the building wearing a “Japanese-style mask”.

The complaint said about a week later, the undercover police officer put Duong in touch with an undercover FBI employee, who had integrated into Duong’s group.

Speaking to the FBI contact, Duong said he was part of a militia-like “cloak and dagger” group that “cannot be in the open” and that his job was to find like-minded men to prepare for a “worst-case scenario” for Virginia, according to the complaint.

The complaint stated that Duong sent a message to the FBI undercover contact that one of “our guys” was “patrolling” outside the Capitol and that another member of the group then sent a message saying that he had filmed the west and east sides of the Capitol and would upload it to an encrypted site.

On February 12, the FBI employee attended a meeting at Duoung’s house, described as a “Bible study.” The group, however, only discussed two verses from the Bible, according to the complaint, with the remainder of the meeting spent planning further meetings and discussing guns and future training.

The complaint showed no charges resulting from violence on January 6, but said Duong “has repeatedly expressed willingness to engage in conflict, including violence, against groups with views different from his own. “.

The documents also indicated that he was considering releasing the Capitol rioters from prison.

“I see this as an opportunity,” he said in the complaint. “. With every great revolution, you go to the prisons and you take them out.”

So far, 545 people have been charged in the Capitol uprising.

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