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  • Charged

Russell TaylorLast Updated: January 4, 2022

Location

Ladera Ranch, California

Insurrection Related Information

  • Present at Capitol on 1/6

Litigation Details

  • Arrested in Orange, California
  • Status conference on Oct 4, 2021

Occupation(s)

  • American Phoenix Project Director

Executive Summary

As alleged in the indictment, through the late fall and early winter of 2020, the defendants communicated with each other to plan and coordinate their effort to obstruct and interfere with the joint session of Congress at the Capitol on Jan. 6, to certify the electoral college vote.

The defendants communicated through various messaging applications and social media, including the encrypted messaging application Telegram, to share information regarding the election; coordinate travel to Washington, D.C.; and promote events sponsored by the American Phoenix Project, which Hostetter founded to oppose government-mandated restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Occupation(s)

American Phoenix Project Director

Litigation Details

DOJ Case Number:

1:21-cr-392

Charges

Conspiracy to Obstruct an Official Proceeding Obstruction of an Official Proceeding and Aiding and Abetting Obstruction of Law Enforcement During Civil Disorder and Aiding and Abetting Restricted Building or Grounds and Carrying a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon Unlawful Possession of a Dangerous Weapon on Capitol Grounds or Building

Timeline of Litigation

  • Charged

    June 9, 2021 "Indicted 6/9."
  • Arrested

    Orange, California | June 10, 2021
  • Arraigned

    June 28, 2021 "Arraigned 6/28 and pleaded not guilty to all counts."
  • Status Conference

    October 4, 2021 "Status conference set for 10/4 at 1 pm. Defendant remains on personal recognizance."

Affiliated Organizations

    • Extremist / Right-Wing Group

    American Phoenix Project

    4 individual(s)

    • Extremist / Right-Wing Group

    III%ers

    63 individual(s)

Press Coverage

  • Six California Men, Four of Whom Self-Identify as Members of “Three-Percenter” Militias, Indicted on Conspiracy Charges Related to Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

    Published on June 11, 2021 Read at US DOJ
  • DC Brigade Indictment

    Published on January 8, 2021 Read at US Department of Justice

Verified Social Media Handles

Affiliated People (4)

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    • Charged

    Erik Warner

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Riverside, California
    • Status conference on October 4, 2021
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    • Charged

    Felipe Martinez

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Austin, Texas
    • Status conference on October 4, 2021
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    • Charged

    Derek Kinnison

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Riverside, California
    • Status conference on October 4, 2021
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    • Charged

    Ronald Mele

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Riverside, California
    • Status conference on October 4, 2021

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