Roger Stone Associate with Oath Guardian Ties arrested for rioting at the Capitol – NBC New York
What to know
- A man with ties to Roger Stone and links to the far right militia, the Oath Keepers, was arrested in New York by federal agents on charges of the riot at the Capitol in January
- Roberto Minuta, who reportedly provided security to Stone in Washington in the hours leading up to the pro-Trump invasion of the Capitol, was arrested Saturday
- The Feds also picked up 32-year-old Isaac Sturgeon from JFK airport, who is accused of barricading police on the day of the riot and who faces several related charges
A man with ties to Roger Stone and links to the far right militia, the Oath Keepers, was arrested in New York by federal agents on charges of rioting at the Capitol in January, police officers with knowledge of the case told News 4 Monday.
Roberto Minuta, 36, appeared on a conference call Monday afternoon in federal court in White Plains on charges of obstructing an official process, entering a restricted building, and tampering with documents and procedures.
Minuta, a tattoo artist who works in New York, was previously identified by CNN and others as security for Stone on the morning of January 6, before the riot. He was arrested on Saturday from a shop in the Newburgh area.
In their search for Minuta’s incarceration, federal prosecutors described Minuta as a lifelong member of the Oath Keepers, armed, wearing tactical gear, and in possession of either pepper spray or bear spray in the riot. In an affidavit in support of his criminal complaint, federal officials identified Minuta as a series of videos recorded on the day of the riot that appear to show the man in tactical gear cursing and mocking “aggressively”.
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In a criminal complaint against Roberto Minuta, federal officials explain the military clothing and equipment he allegedly wore during the January 6th uprising in the Capitol.
Further in the affidavit, officials use an article from the New York Times (“First they warned Roger Stone. Then they joined the attack on the Capitol”) linking Minuta and Stone as evidence that Minuta was the US Has entered the Capitol.
“A picture published by the New York Times appears to show Minuta in the Capitol wearing the same black baseball hat with yellow letters, ballistic goggles, light hoodie, tactical vest and Oath Keepers patch,” the affidavit reads.
Federal court prosecutors also said Monday that Minuta gave security to some nameless high-profile individuals in Washington on Jan. 6.
In response, Minuta’s public defender said he was not charged with violence in the U.S. Capitol, was not a flight risk, and had led a law-abiding life.
The judge ordered Minuta to release a $ 150,000 bond with travel restrictions and ordered him to surrender his guns.
Police officers on Monday also identified another man now charged in the Capitol riot: Isaac Sturgeon, 32, of Dillon, Montana. Sturgeon was arrested at JFK airport on Saturday and returned from Kenya.
He is reportedly featured on Bodycam footage pushing barricades against police on the day of the riot and faces several related charges, including physical violence and disability and civil disorder.
On January 16, 2021, the FBI posted Photo No. 104-AFO (“Attack on Federal Officials”) on its website and asked the public for assistance in identifying the individuals involved in the Capitol riot. Stör is in the top row on the far right.
Sturgeon appeared on a conference call in federal court in Brooklyn Monday afternoon and was released on a $ 250,000 bond. He is represented by Federal Defense Attorney Ashley Burrell, who when contacted by News 4 New York had no comment.
The Montana lawn care company owner reportedly flew to Kenya on Jan. 24, eight days after his photo was posted on the FBI website of the wanted suspect in the riot. Court documents say he was supposed to be returning to the US in April but was deported by Kenyan officials. Then he flew to New York on Saturday and was picked up by federal officials.
More than 300 people, including members of extremist groups like Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, have been charged with federal crimes related to the Capitol uprising. Federal agents are still investigating and hundreds more suspects are at large. Justice Department officials have said they could charge some of sedition.
Five people died, including a Capitol policeman and a woman who was shot by police.