A 70-year-old Trump supporter has been arrested after police allegedly uncovered homemade bombs inside of his pick-up truck while it was parked near the Capitol during last Wednesday’s siege.
Lonnie Leroy Coffman, of Falkville, Alabama, was taken into custody last Thursday and has now been charged with weapons offences – the most serious charges that have currently filed over the attack on Congress.
According to a statement released by the Department of Justice, Coffman was found in possession of one handgun, one M4 Carbine assault rifle, ammunition, and 11 mason jars filled with an ignitable substance.
Coffman reportedly confessed that the jars contained a mixture of melted Styrofoam and gasoline – an explosive concoction that has the effect of napalm ‘because, when detonated, the substance causes the flammable liquid to better stick to objects that it hits.’
The DOJ described the mixture as a ‘Molotov cocktail’, and claimed Coffman was also in possession of lighters and rags to help detonate the devices.
Additionally, investigators say they uncovered a notebook inside Coffman’s truck with a list of ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’.
One page purportedly featured the phone number for Republican Sen. Tex Cruz’s office in Central Texas, as well as the contact details for Fox News star Sean Hannity and right-wing pundit Mark Levin.
Lonnie Leroy Coffman, of Falkville, Alabama, was taken into custody last Thursday and has now been charged with weapons offences following last week’s siege of Congress. He is pictured at right in a black jacket and dark colored beanie
Coffman has one handgun, one M4 Carbine assault rifle, ammunition, and 11 mason jars filled with an ignitable substance inside of his red-pick up truck parked near Congress
Police allegedly uncovered homemade bombs inside of Coffman’s pick-up truck while it was parked near the Capitol during last Wednesday’s siege
Coffman reportedly confessed that 11 mason jars in his possession contained a mixture of melted Styrofoam and gasoline – an explosive concoction that has the effect of napalm ‘because, when detonated, the substance causes the flammable liquid to better stick to objects that it hits.’
On his list of ‘bad guys’, Coffam had purportedly included the names Seventh Circuit Appeals Court Judge David Hamilton and Democratic Reo. Andre Cardon.
Coffman had allegedly written that Cardon was ‘one of the two Muslims in the House of Reps’.
Meanwhile, a list of ‘good guys’ included the name of Susanne Posel, an independent journalist and Chief Editor of OccupyCorporatism
The same piece of paper also featured a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln which read: ‘We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who would pervert the Constitution’.
Coffman has been charged with unlawful possession of a destructive device, which carries a maximum prison term of up to 10 years.
He has also been charged with one count of carrying a pistol without a license under D.C. law, which carries a maximum prison term of up to five years.
He is currently being held in custody pending an upcoming court date.
Coffman was also allegedly in possession of several firearms, including the one pictured
Pictured above is an image of ammunition purportedly uncovered in Coffamn’s red pick-up truck parked near the Capitol
A handgun in Coffamn’s possession is pictured. He has been charged with one count of carrying a pistol without a license under D.C. law, which carries a maximum prison term of up to five years
Coffman is just one of 170 rioters who now been arrested following the riot which rocked the country last Wednesday.
Acting US Attorney Michael Sherwin said his office would prosecute hundreds of people over their ‘egregious’ conduct at the Capitol.
‘This is only the beginning,’ he told reporters on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, an FBI official also spoke with reporters on Tuesday and pledged: ‘The men and women of the FBI will leave no stone unturned in this investigation.
‘This is a 24/7 full-bore extensive operation into what happened that day.”
So far, many rioters have been charged with misdemeanor offences.
However, Sherwin says he will increase charges as he gathers more evidence.
‘The gamut of conduct is mind-blowing. The FBI is working with the US attorney’s office. We’re looking at significant felony cases tied to sedition and conspiracy. Their marching orders are to build seditious and conspiracy cases. Those have prison terms of up to 20 years,’ Sherwin said.
While the FBI and DOJ admitted a ‘mind-blowing’ number of crimes were committed last Wednesday they said next to nothing about failures to keep the Capitol safe.
Earlier on Tuesday, it was revealed that the FBI’s office in Norfolk, Virginia, blasted an internal memo on January 5 – the day before the riot – which cited social media posts talking about spilling the blood of ‘BLM slave soldiers’ on the Capitol.
The memo was obtained by The Washington Post.
It read: ‘As of 5 January 2021, FBI Norfolk received information indicating calls for violence in response to ‘unlawful lockdowns’ to begin on 6 January 2021 in Washington. D.C.
‘An online thread discussed specific calls for violence to include stating ‘Be ready to fight. Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in, and blood from their BLM and Pantifa slave soldiers being spilled.
‘Get violent. Stop calling this a march, or rally, or a protest. Go there ready for war. We get our President or we die. NOTHING else will achieve this goal.’
At a press conference later, the head of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said agents shared the information on the Joint Terrorism Task Forces communications system within 40 minutes of receiving it. He did not say what time that was or even what day it was.
The Capitol Police, DC Metro Police and Park Police all have access to the JTTS communications system.
‘When my office received that information, we briefed that within 40 minutes to our partners. It got ingested into the system and was shared with all our partners through that process that we have. That’s the action that we took on that and that’s it,’ he said.
It’s unclear what else the bureau did to raise the alarm other than post it on the database.