A group of rioters driving to the attack on the US Capitol building in January allegedly used golf carts to get there, according to a written indictment.
Five people – including one police officer – were killed in the insurrection on January 6, as Donald Trump supporters and far-right insurrectionists attempted to stop Congress from certifying Electoral College votes.
The votes, later recognised by representatives, would see then President-elect Joe Biden confirmed as the winner of the November election.
The charge, filed in Columbia’s district court last month, alleges: “Between 2:30pm and 2:33pm, defendants (Roberto) Minuta, (Joshua) James, and others rode in a pair of golf carts towards the Capitol, at times serving around law enforcement vehicles.”
Minuta then announced: “Patriots are storming the Capitol building; there’s violence against patriots by the DC Police; so we’re en route in a grand theft auto golf cart to the Capitol building right now.’”
A press release from the US Department of Justice claims that the two individuals also have links to the Oath Keepers – a far-right, anti-government militia.