Feds arrest NJ man who guarded Roger Stone at deadly Jan. 6 attack
Another two men wanted in the deadly riot at the Capitol were arrested over the weekend, including a Warren County man who reportedly served as a bodyguard to former President Donald Trump's longtime political confidant Roger Stone, federal authorities said Monday.
Roberto Minuta breached the Capitol grounds and "aggressively berated and taunted U.S. Capitol police officers" during the Jan. 6 insurrection, the FBI said in court papers.
Minuta, 36, of Hackettstown, had been "equipped with military-style attire and gear, including apparel emblazoned with a crest related to the Oath Keepers," the FBI said, referring to the far-right antigovernment militia.
The New York Times identified Minuta as one of six people who provided security to Stone in the hours before the assault on the Capitol.
Stone, whose sentence for several felony charges was commuted by Trump, was in Washington the day of the assault but has denied any involvement.
Minuta owns a tattoo shop in Newburgh, New York. It was not immediately known whether he had a defense attorney.
Also arrested over the weekend was Isaac Steve Sturgeon, 32, of Dillon, Montana, who is charged with shoving a metal police barricade into police officers during the insurrection, according to court records.
Authorities said he was identified through body-worn police camera and photographs posted to social media.
The FBI said Sturgeon, who owns a lawn care business, traveled to Kenya on Jan. 24 and was deported from that country to New York. He was arrested Saturday at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
A message was sent to his defense attorney seeking comment.
At least five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died as a result of the violence at the Capitol, and two other officers killed themselves after. More than 300 people have been charged with federal crimes.
ABC News shared video of what appears to be a covered up Manuta standing with Stone in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6, as seen below.
Manuta also appears in several videos on his own Youtube channel, as well as on the Oathkeepers Youtube Channel, which streamed video of Manuta tattooing a man in May 2020, in defiance of New York's pandemic closures.
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