North Carolina Capitol Riot suspect had assault rifle in vehicle during impaired driving arrest, prosecutors say
(AP) – A North Carolina man awaiting trial for assaulting two police officers in the Jan.6 riot at the U.S. Capitol had an assault rifle and ammunition in his vehicle when he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving earlier this month, according to prosecutors.
Department of Justice prosecutors have asked a federal judge in Washington, DC, to revoke the provisional release of 29-year-old James Tate Grant and take him into custody following his recent arrest. One of the conditions of Grant’s provisional release in the Jan.6 riots case was that he did not own a firearm or any other weapon.
The judge did not immediately rule on Thursday’s request from prosecutors.
On Dec. 7, a Garner, North Carolina police officer, responding to a report of a suicide threat, found Grant walking out of a restaurant parking lot, prosecutors said. Grant, who appeared to be intoxicated, told the officer about his involvement in the “incident of January 6,” then attempted to escape while the officer placed him under arrest. , prosecutors said.
“He then dropped to the ground and said something like ‘Kill me now.’ He then said, ‘It’s over,'” prosecutors wrote in a court file.
Police recovered an AR-15 assault rifle, 60 rounds, weapon accessories and combat fatigues from Grant’s car. Grant purchased the rifle in April from a North Carolina gun dealer, according to a police report.
“Grant’s statements are of such a worrying nature that there is reason to believe that he poses a danger not only to the community, but also to himself,” prosecutors wrote.
Peter Cooper, Grant’s lawyer in the riots case, did not immediately respond to an email asking for comment on Friday.
Prosecutors initially did not seek pre-trial detention of Grant after his October 14 arrest in North Carolina on charges related to the Capitol Riots.
Before then-President Donald Trump finished his speech on Jan.6, Grant and a co-defendant, Ryan Samsel, were among the first rioters to approach the Capitol police guarding the building, prosecutors said. Video captured Grant and Samsel leading the first mob of rioters to enter a restricted area towards a metal barricade where several officers were positioned.
“The two defendants are among those who used violence to start a chain of events involving thousands of rioters invading the United States Capitol, injuries, deaths, property damage, devastation and the delay of certification of a presidential election, “prosecutors wrote. .
Grant also entered Capitol Hill and entered at least two private Senate offices, prosecutors said.
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