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account, HOSTETTER stated: “Only 3% of Americans actually fought in our War of
Independence. There will likely be 3% of us again that will commit fully to this battle but, just as
in 1776 patriots will prevail. Things are going to come to a head in the U.S. in the next several
days. Stay tuned!”
HOSTETTER checked in to the Kimpton a day early, on January 3, 2021, and
checked out on January 8, 2021.
Prior to leaving California for Washington, D.C., KINNISON, MELE,
MARTINEZ, and WARNER continued to exchange messages on a group text thread to coordinate
and plan their trip. On January 1, 2021, KINNISON sent a text message to MELE, WARNER,
and MARTINEZ in which he wrote, “Bring your radios guys.” Later that same day, WARNER
asked, “Do one of you guys have a clear earpiece for the radio I can use?” In response, KINNISON
wrote, “I have an earpiece for you.”
On January 2, 2021, KINNISON wrote a text message to MELE, WARNER, and
MARTINEZ asking if they were sure they wanted to bring a “shotty” and “another long iron” in
the SUV that MELE had rented. MELE responded to the group, “Shorter the better. Mine will be
able to be stashed under the seat. I’ll bring it. 18”barrel.”
On January 2, 2021, KINNISON sent a text message to MELE, WARNER, and
MARTINEZ, “Got the bandolier.” KINNISON attached a “selfie” photograph that showed
KINNISON wearing a bandolier of shotgun ammunition around his body.
On January 2, 2021, KINNISON, MELE, WARNER, and MARTINEZ met at
MELE’s house in Temecula, California. Before leaving in the SUV, the four men posed for a
photograph in which they all made a hand gesture signaling affiliation with a Three Percenter
group. They then drove the SUV cross-country, arriving in Washington, D.C. on January 4, 2021.