Court records show that the latest of five men arrested so far in South Carolina in connection with the January 6 riots in the U.S. Capitol is still public to others. He has been accused of unclaimed levels of violence.
Evidence for Nicholas Langueland, 26, is that he was on January 6th. “I threw various things,A law enforcement officer defending the entrance to the West Terrace Tunnel to the State Capitol, including traffic barriers and cans of bear spray, “said the Federal Attorney’s Office statement on the case.
Langueland is not from South Carolina, but moved from Vermont to his grandparents’ home in the coastal town of Little River, just north of North Myrtle Beach, shortly after the Capitol riots. Arrested there on April 15th, According to the evidence of the case.
Of the five people arrested in South Carolina in connection with the Capitol riot, only Langueland has been charged with assaulting a police officer with a deadly weapon. Other men face serious charges of interfering with official parliamentary proceedings, but none of the other men have been charged with actually attacking officers.
Evidence of his case also suggests that Lang Eland was at least partially motivated by a false conspiracy theory that the Democratic Party committed an electoral fraud to steal the November elections from former President Trump.
A note found on a Lang Eland cell phone seized by the FBI states:According to the evidence in his case, if you’re okay with proving fraudulently to win the election, I’m okay with attacking government buildings to stop you.
According to FBI agent Patricia Norden’s testimony at a hearing in Florence last month, the main evidence of the assault criminal accusation is Lang Eland in a crowd confronting a lawyer in the West Terrace tunnel entrance area of the Capitol. Includes a video showing.
That West Terrace tunnel area on January 6th Some of the most fierce battles According to an analysis of the prosecutor’s arrest document and the Washington Post in the video, between law enforcement agencies and civilian rebels as civilians repeatedly tried to break police boundaries.
At a hearing in Florence last month, federal prosecutor Elliott Daniels played a video of the West Terrace conflict. Agent Norden identifies Lang Eland as one of the closest to a lawyer, wearing a stocking hat and a Trump face mask, as the riot was about to enter a tunnel leading into the Capitol building. did.
“Is he at the forefront of the riot?” Asked Daniels, Colombia-based assistant US prosecutor.
“Yes,” testified Norden, who is also based in Colombia.
“Is there anything between him and the police?” Daniels asked.
“No,” Norden testified.
“Was it a political rally?”
“It was a riot,” Norden testified.
According to Daniels, people have a wide range of freedom of speech, but Langeland crossed the line when it moved from protected freedom of speech to violence.
“”Having an idea is not a crime. That’s not why he’s here. He is willing to use his power to enforce his view, “Daniels said.
Evidence found in Langueland’s house also linked him QAnon, a medley of various unfounded plots Norden and Daniels said in a hearing that the theory on the Internet was believed to have been spread by someone named Q.
“Where we go one, we all go,” said QAnon, found on a Langeland cell phone, and FBI agent Norden testified at a hearing.
Another quote on the phone: “The FBI threatens and persecutes patriots who have stood up for constitutional rights and opposes the incendiary invasion of the government that the psychopathic crime mafia has vowed to protect. You should find a really good hobby rather than doing it. ” Evidence at a hearing.
The most prominent QAnon conspiracy theory basically argues that Democrats and members of the “Deep State” kidnap children and use them in sex trafficking circles.
As Trump lost the election, QAnon supporters claimed without evidence that the election was stolen from him.
However, there is no evidence to support that claim. Trump’s Attorney General William Barr forces the FBI to conduct a national investigation into fraudulent elections I couldn’t find anything to change the election According to the Associated Press, the result. Approximately 60 proceedings alleging fraudulent voting have been dismissed by courts, including the US Supreme Court.
In other books on his cell phone, Langeland called himself a “sleeper agent,” Daniels said.
Lang Eland writes: Trained and prepared for this moment … Individuals involved in 17 communities are trained sleeper agents … We have been very active since the beginning of surgery, but we have not been activated … Lock and load your meme… This is not a game, ”said Daniels. Quoted from the phone, Judge Thomas Rogers III. It was not clear what the term “17 community” meant.
“He tells us he’s a sleeper agent, he’s willing to be violent,” Daniels told the judge.
Various weapons, including an assault rifle with 60 magazines and two large knives, were found in the bedroom of Langland on the Little River, according to Daniels.
Daniels also said the Langeland phone had a photo of the Nazi swastika, the Sleeper Center logo, and a photo of Enrique Tario, the leader of the Proud Boys.
The Sleeper Center is a group of nationalists who believe that only 3 percent of Americans rebelled against the British in the revolution. The Proud Boys are described as a male-only militia group, one of those arrested on suspicion of the January 6 riots.Both Proud Boys and 3 Par Centers According to the news account, he is one of the people arrested in the January 6 riots.
“He is also writing about the upcoming bloody war,” Daniels told the judge.
Daniels told Judges that Langueland was a former member of the US Army and trained in the use of weapons, making him particularly potentially dangerous.
Daniels said other evidence indicates that Langueland was dismissed from the US Army in 2018 for a cocaine crime. After leaving the Army, he went to Vermont, where he was involved in some turmoil documented by the Vermont police agency, Daniels said. In one turmoil, Lang Eland claimed that Vermont’s pizzeria was at the forefront of the child’s sexual trafficking circle, prosecutors said.
Also in Vermont, Daniels told the judge that Langueland threatened to go to the judge and obtain a protection order against him and ordered him to stay away. According to the order, Langueland had told the person to “put a bullet” in his head, Daniels said.
“He sent the victim a photo of him holding a brass knuckles,” Daniels said. “He stalked and threatened.”
After the hearing, Judge Rogers denied Langeland’s request for bond-setting and found that there was reason to support the government’s criminal accusation against him.
Rogers determined that Langeland is dangerous to the community and poses a risk of flight.
“When I searched his house, the FBI confiscated drugs, weapons (including the AR-15 with 60 bullets), and tactical equipment. Destructive behavior from his phone and social media posts. A comment was found indicating his intention to continue to engage in the bond, “Rogers wrote in an order to refuse the bond.
“The threat of his harm has been directed not only to the threat of self-harm, but also to others. He is motivated to be confrontational and threatening about the disrespect of law enforcement agencies. I made a lot of comments, including, “Rogers wrote.
Faith in Jesus
Rogers refused to discuss with his supporters when he declined to bid on Langeland’s bonds.
“His faith in Jesus Christ is very strong,” the woman, who said she was Langueland’s grandmother, told the judge when she testified at a hearing.
“I served the Army with paratroopers. He is a good man. He is a patriot and loves his country,” said the woman.
John Chaves, president of Chaves Enterprises at Conway, told the judge that he has hired Languerand as a heavy equipment operator.
“He was a very talented employee, always on time, hardworking and sincere,” Chavez said. “He is interested in work and comes in and he is a great help.”
Despite law enforcement complaints against Rogers, Langeland’s lawyer, federal public defender Michelle Meets, said Langeland “has no significant history of conviction.”
In any case, it is not illegal for Langueland to have a gun, and in the Capitol “there is no evidence that he actually hurt anyone,” Mets said. “Many bad things happened that day, but there is no evidence that this defendant hurt anyone.”
In South Carolina, he’s not a threat to anyone, he’s doing a good job, and he’s willing to accept the conditions to limit and monitor his movements, Meets said.
FBI finds suspect
According to the case’s complaint, a confidential informant named “Witness 1” turned the FBI to Langeland after seeing a selfie of Langeland in a riot on Instagram’s Capitol.
Witness 1 said he had known Langueland for years, adding that “this man is unstable and needs to be detained,” according to the complaint.
According to the complaint, Langueland “has invalidated his Instagram account after attending the event on January 6, 2021.”
“The deactivation that follows the criminal activity is evidence of a sense of guilt,” the complaint said.
The date of his trial has not been set.
All South Carolina proceedings related to the riots in Langueland and the US Capitol have been transferred to the US law firm in the District of Columbia. Trials and guilty fleas are mainly held in the District of Columbia.
The office has prosecuted all cases related to the Parliamentary riots. Now about 400 According to this week’s CNN report, more than 40 state defendants.
The parliamentary riots with hundreds of defendants Expected to be one of the largest Criminal cases so far handled by the US Department of Justice.