Federal officials are providing more details about a Colorado man who threatened to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following the riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr. was charged with interstate communication of threats, as well as possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition after he was arrested in his hotel room in Washington, D.C., last week.
Authorities said that Meredith was armed with an assault rifle, handgun, and 2,500 rounds of ammunition, including at least 320 "armor-piercing" rounds.
Meredith intended to participate in the protests on Capitol Hill but had car trouble during the drive from Colorado and did not arrive until after law enforcement had secured the Capitol Building. The next day he sent several threatening text messages, including one in which he allegedly wrote that he wanted to "put a bullet in (Pelosi's) noggin."
Federal prosecutors filed a petition to keep Meredith in jail prior to his trial.
"A clearly disturbed, deranged and dangerous individual that fantasizes about committing horrific acts of violence and takes countless steps to carry them out by driving across several states with a trailer stocked with thousands of rounds of ammunition and multiple firearms — including an assault-style rifle — should not remain in the community," the petition said. "Pre-trial detention is thus necessary to ensure that the residents and leaders of this community — and any other across the country that is comprised of people against whom the defendant harbors extreme political and racial animus — remain protected."
Photo: Washington, D.C. District Court