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|June 17, 2021|
Six Southland men face charges in assault on the US Capitol
Four Riverside County men are among the latest to be charged for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Those arrested Thursday were: Erik Scott Warner, 45, of Menifee; Felipe Antonio “Tony” Martinez, 47, of Lake Elsinore; Derek Kinnison, 39, of Lake Elsinore; and Ronald Mele, 51, of Temecula. Two Orange County men were also arrested.
While congregating on the National Mall the morning of the insurrection, Kinnison, Martinez and Warner flashed hand signals showing affiliation with the ‘Three Percenter’ group.
Warner entered the Capitol through a broken window. Allan Hostetter, 56, of San Clemente joined rioters on the lower west terrace who were pushing through the line of law enforcement officers. Russell Taylor, 40, of Ladera Ranch was carrying a knife in the front chest pocket of his plate carrier vest and urged on rioters before pushing through the police line and moving up the stairs and onto the upper west terrace.
Hostetter is a former police chief in La Habra.
In a Telegram chat, Taylor wrote: “This group will serve as the Comms for able bodied individuals that are going to DC on Jan 6. Many of us have not met before and we are all ready and willing to fight. We will come together for this moment that we are called upon.”
In the days since Jan. 6th, approximately 465 individuals have been arrested on charges related to the Capitol breach, including over 130 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement.
Story Date: June 14, 2021