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Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Fi Duong is accused of forming militia-like group under the guise of a Bible study - The Washington Post

Virginia ‘Bible study’ group was cover for violent militia plans, prosecutors say

"Fi Duong of Alexandria, Va., who prosecutors say is seen in this still image from surveillance video, in the white mask and dark shirt, is accused of storming the Capitol on Jan. 6 and planning for violence in the aftermath. (Baker, Dineen (USADC)/U.S. attorney’s office for the Washington)

After storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, a Northern Virginia man began forming his own militia-like group in the D.C. suburbs and building up a supply of explosives under the guise of a Bible study group, according to federal prosecutors.

Fi Duong, 27, appeared in court Friday and was released to home confinement pending trial, over the objections of prosecutors who sought stricter terms. According to the court record, at the time of his arrest he had several guns, including an AK-47, and the material to make 50 molotov cocktails. Details of the case — one of the first if not the first in which the government publicly disclosed it had someone undercover to continue monitoring a Jan. 6 defendant — were made public Tuesday.

An attorney for Duong declined to comment.

Duong entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, according to prosecutors, telling an undercover federal agent he climbed the building wall, delivered a letter to lawmakers and filmed others opening a door with a crowbar."

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