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AsAm Veteran Suspected of Storming the Capitol Arrested

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The FBI has arrested a Marine Corps veteran and charged him with storming the Capitol, Business Insider reports.

Fi Duong, 27, was released to at-home confinement on Friday. He faces charges including disorderly conduct and obstruction of an official proceeding.

An undercover police officer met Duong on the day of the riot outside the Capitol. Duong told the officer that he was an “operator” The FBI says evidence shows that Duong later stormed the Capitol in a Japanese-style mask.

According to The New York Times, the FBI has been spying on Duong since the insurrection. The undercover officer Duong had met at the Capitol that day introduced Duong to an undercover FBI agent within a week.

Duong, who is Chinese and Vietnamese, told the undercover agent that his family “spent two generations running from Communists,” The New York Times reports. He admitted that he had been at the insurrection “wearing all black in an effort to look like a member of antifa.”

The agent was later invited to a meeting for a militia group that Duong belonged to in February. The meeting took place at Duong’s house in Alexandria, Virginia. The group members called the meetings “bible-study.”

The FBI also discovered Duong was interested in incendiary devices like Molotov cocktails and homemade bombs. In May, the agent asked Duong where he could get some Duong asked to approve a testing site for the devices first. The agent suggested

“We’re not at a point where people are out in the street rioting,” Mr. Duong told the two men, who were secretly recording him at the testing site, according to The New York Times. “It’s coming soon.”

“I’d give it another six weeks,” he said. “Whatever supplies you can get now, get ’em now.”

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