FBI Arrests 2, Including Stone Bodyguard, In Capitol Riot
Convicted felon Roger Stone, who was pardoned by twice-impeached former guy Donald Trump, declared in an online statement a few weeks ago that none of the Oath Keepers who acted as his bodyguards in Washington, D.C., right before the insurrectionist riot at the U.S. Capitol engaged in illegal activity. If there was proof, he said, “they should be prosecuted.”
The FBI agrees, which is why it arrested two more Oath Keepers for their roles in the riot, including one who served as a Stone bodyguard. Roberto Minuta “aggressively berated and taunted U.S. Capitol Police officers after breaching the Capitol, the FBI stated in court papers. Minuta, 36, of Hackettstown, N.J., had been “equipped with military-style attire and gear, including apparel emblazoned with a crest related to the Oath Keepers,” the FBI said, referring to the far-right antigovernment militia.
A New York Times review of photos and video from the day of the riot identified Minuta, who owns a tattoo shop in Newburgh, N.Y., as one of six people who provided security to Stone in the hours before the assault on the Capitol. Trump’s long-time friend and self-proclaimed “dirty trickster” political operative made multiple appearances in Washington, D.C., in support of Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud.
The FBI also arrested Oath Keeper Isaac Steve Sturgeon, 32, of Dillon, Mont., and charged him with shoving a metal police barricade into police officers during the insurrection, according to court records. He was identified through body-worn police camera and photographs posted to social media.
The FBI said Sturgeon, who owns a lawn care business, traveled to Kenya on Jan. 24 and was deported from that country to New York. He was arrested Saturday at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The Justice Department on Feb. 19 indicted six other members of the far-right extremist group for various crimes in connection with the deadly riot.