The lads, ages 42 and 61, had been found to be carrying a 40-caliber pistol and a 9mm handgun, respectively. Neither of the boys had a valid permit for carrying weapons in Pennsylvania, and had been promptly arrested. An extra gun was discovered contained in the Hummer, police mentioned.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that police had been warned by FBI brokers in Norfolk to be “looking out for a mom, son and one other man from Virginia Seaside touring to the Philadelphia area to ‘straighten issues out’ as vote counting continued.” They had been believed to have an AR-15 rifle within the automobile and had been believed to have just lately bought massive quantities of ammunition and gun elements.
The lads’s Hummer bore a big “Q” sticker with the hashtag #WWG1WGA, which stands for the QAnon motto “The place We Go One, We Go All.” One of many two males arrested, as WHYY reported, is a Chesapeake man named Antonio Paredes LaMotta, whose social media accounts are stuffed with QAnon and different conspiracy theories. The car is linked to a bunch calling itself the “Virginia Armed Patriots.”
In a weblog publish, LaMotta had described COVID-19 as a “psyop,” and justified killing the folks he considers liable for the pandemic.
“All the plot is equal to crimes in opposition to humanity for inflicting premeditated deaths, struggling, and financial hardship, together with the suppression of preventive drugs and pure therapies,” learn the publish. “Killing these folks is a reputable act of self-defense and never a criminal offense.”
LaMotta had also predicted that Trump would win the election. “Election or Not, Trump will win by a landslide, if you cannot see that, you are in denial,” he wrote in late August.
In different posts, he seems to have embraced sovereign citizen ideology, which claims that abnormal folks can merely declare themselves now not topic to federal, state, and native legal guidelines by submitting papers stuffed with authorized gobbledygook. “People, do not let the democrats brainwash you about taxes,” he wrote in September. “We’ve two sorts of residents (Sovereign residents and First Class residents). Ones you have relied on public faculties, borrowed cash you can’t pay, Social Welfare, the democrats will be capable of slowly shackle you into slavery. Matter-fact, you possibly can’t change into First-Class residents in case your youngsters go to public faculties.”
He added: “The lecturers do not even learn about First-Class and Sovereign Residents … They have been programmed to evangelise that we’re a democracy … however it’s past that … they’re preaching Socialism now.”
LaMotta, who claims to be a veteran with mastery in a number of types of martial arts, maintains a website for his personal safety enterprise providing companies as an “worldwide guard, safety escort, private bodyguard, teacher.”
Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase—one of many main figures within the Virginia far-right’s ongoing marketing campaign in opposition to gun management and COVID-19 pandemic measures, and a candidate for the Republican nomination to run in opposition to incumbent Gov. Ralph Northam in 2022—has a number of associations with LaMotta, together with hiring him to provide security at her announcement occasion in February.
Chase additionally has posed with LaMotta and his “Virginia Patriots” group alongside the Hummer that was impounded after the boys had been arrested Thursday, in photographs that had been on the group’s Fb web page earlier than it was eliminated. She will be seen posing with a semiautomatic rifle in entrance of a QAnon banner raised alongside the Hummer.
When someone on Facebook identified to Chase that QAnon is taken into account a home extremist group, she responded, “Guess I simply triggered a liberal.”
However on Friday, Chase denied any connection to the boys charged within the plot in a Facebook post. “Give me a break,” she wrote. “There isn’t any connection. The person has by no means labored for my marketing campaign as paid workers or requested by my marketing campaign to assist out as a volunteer. He’s merely a supporter that exhibits up from time to time at occasions.”