A Queens man who advised federal brokers he needed to affix the far-right Proud Boys group was charged with a weapons offense on Wednesday after messages he posted on social media across the time of the Capitol riot raised alarms, based on prosecutors and courtroom paperwork.
The person, Eduard Florea, had been detained late Tuesday after a search of his house turned up an arsenal of over 1,000 rounds of rifle ammunition, two dozen shotgun rounds, 75 military-style fight knives, two hatchets and two swords, prosecutors mentioned. No gun was discovered.
The arrest of Mr. Florea, a 40-year-old software program engineer, got here amid an intensifying nationwide manhunt for individuals who broke into the U.S. Capitol final week as a part of a violent rampage by supporters of President Trump who needed to overturn the election outcomes.
Although Mr. Florea was not one of many quite a few individuals being pursued for taking part within the riot, regulation enforcement officers thought of him menacing sufficient to reach in an armored car at his house to arrest him.
Among the many feedback that brought on the authorities concern and prompted the search of his home, the grievance says, was one during which Mr. Florea appeared to threaten the Rev. Raphael Warnock, Democrat of Georgia, simply earlier than Mr. Warnock was declared the winner of a U.S. Senate seat.
At round 1 a.m. on Jan. 6, whereas posting underneath the title “LoneWolfWar” in a bunch thread about Mr. Warnock on the social media web site Parler, the grievance says, Mr. Florea wrote that “lifeless males can’t cross legal guidelines,” with an obscenity added for emphasis.
Later that day, additionally on Parler, Mr. Florea wrote of getting three vehicles of “armed patriots” in a “caravan” headed to Washington, the grievance says. Because the Capitol riot unfolded, he wrote that the time for peace and civility was over and that “right here in New York we’re goal wealthy.”
“I’ll battle so assist me god,” he added.
At a bail listening to in Federal District Court docket in Brooklyn that was held remotely, Mr. Florea’s lawyer identified the F.B.I. had concluded that her consumer, regardless of his on-line bravado, didn’t have a automobile and had not gone to Washington.
Nonetheless, the tenor of his social media feedback was ominous sufficient to intensify the authorities’ curiosity, particularly when matched together with his standing as a felon, based on prosecutors and the grievance.
Mr. Florea is now charged federally with being a felon in possession of ammunition. If convicted, he faces as much as 10 years in jail, prosecutors mentioned.