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Judge denies release for Falkville man charged in Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot

He was found with weapons and Molotov cocktails in his truck in Washington, D.C., at the time of his arrest.

Posted: May 24, 2021 7:01 PM
Updated: May 25, 2021 11:06 PM

A Falkville man arrested for the January 6 capitol riot will stay locked up. 

A federal judge in Washington D.C. just issued a 24 page order denying Lonnie Coffman a pre-trial release. 

Image from the U.S. Department of Justice's legal documents dealing with Lonnie Coffman

Authorities took Coffman into custody after weapons and molotov cocktails were found in his pickup truck in the nation's capitol that day. 

This new order revealed even more as investigators raided his Alabama home and interviewed family members. 

On January 6, capitol police officers were sweeping a secured perimeter two blocks from the capitol when they spotted weapons in the front seat of Lonnie Coffman's red truck. 

Officers discovered a plethora of weapons. According to the order, none of these weapons were registered to Coffman. 

Notes were also discovered in his truck. One listed names and contact information from Sean Hannity and Senator Ted Cruz. 

Once Lonnie Coffman returned to his truck and was arrested, officers took his wallet. According to the order, Coffman had a piece of paper with two Texas militia group's information inside it.

One group was called Camp Lonestar. They patrol the border for illegal immigrants. In 2014, the FBI identified Coffman as a participant in Camp Lonestar. 

The documents revealed more about what happened prior to January 6. A GPS tracking device found in his truck revealed Coffman attempted to drive to Senator Ted Cruz's home on December 11. That same day he called the senator's office. 

A staff member for Cruz's office explained he seemed, "unbalanced" and "not 100% there" during the call. 

Following the riot, on January 26, law enforcement officials raided Coffman's home in Falkville. During the search, officers recovered an additional set of liquid filled mason jars with hole punched lids, matching the ones found in Coffman's truck. 

They also discovered multiple rifles and ammunition and documents related to another militia group, South Desert Militia. 

Additionally, offers found a handwritten list titled, 'use white pages to locate people'. In it, it listed people with descriptions. For example - "Ex dem. senator, traitor". 

During the investigation, officials talked with Coffman's family. His family revealed he was an army veteran who served two tours during the Vietnam war. The order stated he “often spoke about the difficulty he had dealing with the experiences from the war." 

It also said he dealt with depression. Another family member said he became a "hermit" after he separated from his wife. His ex-wife revealed Coffman would leave the state at random times for extended periods without telling his family where he went, why he left, or what he was doing. 

The judge added these additional details like his ties to militia groups and the additional weapons found in his home all show he poses a danger if released.

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