Philadelphia prosecutors have charged two Virginia men with weapons violations after they were arrested Thursday night for carrying guns near the city’s convention center, where votes are being counted.
In a statement on Friday, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said Joshua Macias, 42, and Antonio LaMotta, 61, both in Chesapeake, Virginia, face charges of carrying hidden guns without license, a third degree felony and carrying a gun in a public place. street or public property, a first-degree misdemeanor.
“Before that the police received the information [from the FBI] Krasner said the individuals armed on the silver Hummer were headed for Philadelphia, possibly for a reason related to the ongoing voting, “Krasner said in the statement.
In a press conference earlier that day, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said that when confronted with law enforcement officers, LaMotta had a 9mm Beretta in a holster and Macias had a 40-caliber Beretta pistol. inside the jacket. After the men were arrested, authorities found an AR-type rifle and ammunition inside the Hummer.
Krasner said he was looking into additional charges against the two men, including “possibly a criminal offense under the electoral code.”; He made it clear that the investigation was underway and more allegations could be made, but stressed that the arrests appeared to be just individual cases.
“At this point, we have no indication that the story is larger than these two individuals,” he said.
Macias co-founded the “Veterans for Trump” group, although he is no longer affiliated with the organization, left the leadership team in August due to “personal family issues”. He met the president in person at least once.
At 10:27 am on Thursday morning, Macias tweeted that he and other veterans would be mobilizing to “follow the poll” and “ensure our election integrity.”
The other suspect, LaMotta, calls himself a “security contractor”.
Social media posts indicate that he is the owner of the Hummer. A bumper sticker on the car and items found inside it show that LaMotta is a believer in QAnon, a collective delusion accusing Trump of being against a “deep bang” group of satanists. child sexual abuse.
In an interview with MSNBC on Friday night, Krasner said that the suspects started driving from Virginia to Pennsylvania “after the president’s speech.”