Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers is arrested and charged with “seditious conspiracy” for his involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Federal authorities arrested a Granbury man and charged him with seditious conspiracy for his alleged role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Elmer Stewart Rhodes III, 56, was arrested a little before noon Thursday in Little Elm, Texas, federal officials said. Rhodes is reported to be the founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group.
Ten other people — including another Prosper, Texas man, 37-year-old Roberto Minuta — have also been charged with seditious conspiracy in connection with the attack on Jan. 6, 2021, when authorities said members of the extremist Oath Keepers group came to Washington intent on stopping the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory. According to the federal indictment, Rhodes and others began in late December 2020 using encrypted and private messaging apps to coordinate, plan and travel — armed — to Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021.
Among their plans, the indictment said, was organizing into teams that were “prepared and willing to use force” and to transport firearms and ammo into the D.C. area. Per the indictment, Rhodes and others also allegedly recruited members to participate in the conspiracy; organized trainings to teach and learn paramilitary combat tactics; brought and provided paramilitary gear, weapons and supplies; breached the Capitol and attempted to take control of the Capitol grounds; and continued to plot after Jan. 6 to prevent the lawful transfer of presidential power.