Grand jury indicts Alabama man who parked truck filled with unlit Molotov cocktails in front of U.S. Capitol building

by Laura Mize · Jan 12th, 2021 4:53 pm

Last Updated Jan 13th, 2021 at 11:28 am

A 70-year-old man from Alabama faces 17 weapons charges after a Washington, D.C., grand jury indicted him Tuesday.

As protesters unlawfully entered the U.S. Capitol building last week, U.S. Capitol Police responded to reports of explosive devices in the area. They found a truck parked a few blocks from the Capitol building containing an assault rifle, magazines full of ammunition, a handgun, and glass jars filled with melted styrofoam and gasoline. There were also rags and lighters. Altogether, there was enough material to make 11 Molotov cocktails.

Police also found handwritten notes that, according to prosecutors, "raise alarm in the context of the Jan. 6 rioting and criminal infringement on our nation's democratic process."

Police met Lonnie Leroy Coffman when he returned to the truck in the evening. He had two sets of keys to the pickup and two handguns. The Department of Justice has not charged Coffman with entering the Capitol building.


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