A Northern Virginia man who is facing charges for his role in the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot at the U.S. Capitol has been plotting since then to surveil the Capitol, perfect plans to make Molotov cocktails and institute a secession from the United States.
Those are among the most startling assertions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in court records unsealed this week in the case of Fi Duong. Duong was arrested last week and charged with four federal crimes, including entering the restricted grounds of the Capitol and obstruction of an official proceeding. The man, who also goes by the monikers “Monkey King” and “Jim,” unwittingly interacted with an undercover Metropolitan Police officer several times on Jan. 6. Duong dressed in all black in an effort to disguise himself as a member of Antifa and wore a white mask in the shape of a wide grin.
Duong described himself as “an operator” to the undercover officer, who alerted the FBI. He was determined to be a member of a secretive “loosely affiliated, unnamed group of like-minded individuals” in Virginia. An undercover FBI agent made contact with Duong in mid January and was added to one of the group’s encrypted chats.
Duong told the FBI agent that his group tried to be “cloak and dagger” and wanted to “build resistances,” according to court records. The agent then attended what the group members called a “Bible study” meeting at an Alexandria, Va., house in February, where the group members discussed the Bible and secession, weaponry and combat training, and using methods to make their communications private, according to court records.
One of the people in the group at the meeting talked about creating “a semi-autonomous region” for Virginia. “I like the Constitution; I don’t like the Democratic sh*t this region keeps voting for,” the person said, according to the FBI.
Duong had compiled a cache of weapons at his home in Alexandria, investigators say, including an AK-47 and five boxes full of materials to make and test Molotov cocktails.
At one group meeting at Duong’s house in May, the undercover agent saw five cardboard boxes filled with about 50 glass bottles, and heard him and another person discuss what they could fill them with to make explosives, according to the court papers.
At his Alexandria home on June 17, Duong talked about his concern about a potential showdown with federal agents, saying he was concerned new firearm regulations he believed the Biden Administration would impose would lead to his property becoming “WACO 2.0” – an apparent reference to the 1993 standoff between federal agencies and the Branch Davidian religious sect, which had been accused of illegally stockpiling weapons.