Six members of the right-wing Three Percenters militia group have been charged with conspiring to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 according to an indictment unsealed on Thursday in federal court in Washington. Principal among them is Alan Hostetter, the former southern California police chief who openly advocated for the execution of political leaders who did not join the movement to have the 2020 presidential election results overturned.
Federal prosecutors previously brought similar conspiracy cases against members of two other right-wing groups, The Oath Keepers and The Proud Boys. Those pending cases are the largest and most complex of the roughly 500 brought by the Justice Department in the months since the deadly attack carried out by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Along with Hostetter, five other men all from California, were charged in the indictment: Russell Taylor, Eric Scott Warner, Felipe Antonio “Tony” Martinez, Derek Kinnison and Ronald Mele. Hostetter and Taylor had appeared with long-time Trump friend Roger Stone outside the U.S. Supreme Court at a protest against the outcome of the 2020 presidential election the day before the Capitol riot.
Hostetter is charged with obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct within a restricted building, disorderly conduct within a restricted building in order to disrupt or impede the government and preventing attendance at an official proceeding, according to federal court records.
The indictment states that Hostetter founded a group in 2020 called the American Phoenix Project that protested restrictions on public gatherings imposed as a public health measure during the COVID-19 pandemic. That group became a platform to advocate violence against government leaders, according to the indictment.
Hostetter’s Instagram included a photo of him on top of the Capitol with the caption: “This was the ‘shot heard ’round the world’…The 2021 version of 1776. That war lasted eight years. We are just getting warmed up.”
Regular Orange County Patriot Rally/OC Board of Supervisor speakers Alan Hostetter(former @LaHabraPD Police Chief), Russ Taylor & Morton Irvine Smith took part in terrorist activities today as they stormed the Capitol. Calling it “only the beginning” & “just getting warmed up”. pic.twitter.com/9f86ZxLUJ2
— InMinivanHell (@inminivanhell) January 7, 2021
Hostetter was due to appear in federal court in Santa Ana, Calif., Thursday afternoon.