Orlando man becomes 25th Central Florida arrest connected to Capitol riots
Robert Fairchild, 40, facing multiple federal charges
ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orlando man became the 25th person from Central Florida arrested in connection to the Capitol riot.
Robert Flynt Fairchild, 40, a U.S. military veteran, was arrested by FBI agents on Friday morning.
He’s charged with nine counts, which include entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, assaulting and resisting officers, civil disorder and obstructing an official proceeding.
The charges stem from Jan. 6 when hundreds of people stormed the U.S. Capitol building interrupting a joint session of Congress where lawmakers convened to certify the election of President Joseph Biden.
According to documents obtained by News 6, investigators claim a man resembling Fairchild was seen on Capitol Police body worn camera moving barriers along the West Plaza.
They said he was eventually seen moving them toward Capitol police officers.
They claimed video images inside the Capitol show Fairchild walking around the Senate Wing hallway.
Investigators said Fairchild’s brother-in-law, who is a deputy in Georgia, identified him from a “wanted” image on the FBI’s Capitol riot website.
During his initial appearance before a federal magistrate on Friday, few details of the allegations against Fairchild were revealed by prosecutors.
Fairchild was ordered to be released from custody without bond.
He was also ordered to surrender his firearm, remain in Central Florida or Washington, D.C. for court hearings and consent to a mental evaluation.
If convicted of all of the charges against him, he faces a maximum of 34 years in prison and $855,000 in fines.
Northern Michigan man arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot up unemployment office
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MSPPosted at 12:18 PM, Aug 30, 2021 and last updated 12:18 PM, Aug 30, 2021
(WXYZ) — A Northern Michigan man has been arrested and charged for allegedly threatening to shoot up the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency office.
According to Michigan State Police, a voicemail left for the Governor’s Constituent Services Office from the man said he was unhappy with Whitmer over the pandemic.
Police say after outlining the complaints, he indicated he planned to load his guns, drive to the Capitol and kill everyone he could find in the UIA office. He said if he didn’t get the money he felt he was owed, he would travel to Lansing and “start shooting.”
According to police, he identified himself in the message, and then made a second message where he once again threatened to shoot up the UIA office and then himself.
He was identified as 57-year-old Douglas Melrose. He was arrested and arraigned on Monday on the charge of making a terrorist threat.
Michigan man who told Gov. Whitmer he is watching her ‘every step’ arrested for alleged threats
Updated: Aug. 23, 2021, 2:06 p.m. | Published: Aug. 23, 2021, 2:06 p.m.
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A Metro Detroit man has been arrested and released on bond after investigators say he sent threatening messages to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on multiple occasions, state Attorney General Dana Nessel’s Office says.
Kevin Dawe, 31, of Clarkston, is accused of sending the threats in January and March using the state’s “Contact the governor” webpage.
In the messages, he warned Whitmer to “take shelter,” and said, “we have been watching and know your every step,” according to Nessel’s office.
“You f*** with everyday hard-working Americans, we F*** WITH YOU,” said a portion of one of the messages shared by Nessel’s office.
Dawe turned himself into a Metro Detroit state police post on Thursday and is charged in Eaton County District Court with two counts of malicious use of telecommunications services, both misdemeanors punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The arrest comes amid a surge of anti-government arrests in Michigan, including the detention of 14 men with militia ties who are accused of plotting to kidnap Whitmer and other sitting governors last year. According to Nessel, those men hoped to spark a civil war. Several of the defendants are scheduled for a jury trial on Oct. 12 in a Grand Rapids federal court. Others have been charged in state courts.
The group was angry with Whitmer and other governors over imposed lockdown orders meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Separately, Michael Varrone, 49, of Charlotte, was charged in January in Lansing’s 54-A District Court on two counts of false report or threat of terrorism, a 20-year felony, and one count of false report or threat of bomb/harmful device, which is a four-year felony. He is accused of making calls threatening to kill a state representative and issuing a bomb threat at the Michigan Capitol.
Michigan man caught with meth uses fake name, arrested anyway because that person had active warrants
State police say man had 27 grams of meth inside pants
CLAM LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Michigan man who was caught with methamphetamine gave police a fake name, but the person whose name he used had active felony warrants, so he was arrested anyway, according to officials.
Michigan State Police troopers said they noticed a vehicle with its lights off parked on the shoulder of M-55 near Taylor Lane in Clam Lake Township around 6:30 a.m. Friday (March 26).
A 29-year-old Cadillac woman was in the driver’s seat and a 30-year-old Lawton man was in the front passenger seat, police said.
When troopers activated their lights, the man ducked down in the passenger seat, officials said. He gave them a fake name when they spoke with him, according to authorities.
The fake name the man used belonged to someone who had an active warrant out for his arrest, so they took the Lawton man into custody, officials said.
During the arrest, troopers found about 27 grams of meth inside the man’s pants, according to police. They said they also found a scale, small baggies and cash.
Several pop cans and lottery tickets were found on the ground outside the vehicle, police said.
The Lawton man was taken to the Wexford County Jail. During processing, authorities said they discovered the man had smuggled more drugs into the jail.
Police realized the man’s real identity after fingerprints were taken. Officials requested charges for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, smuggling drugs into jail, lying to a peace officer during a felony and littering.
The vehicle was towed back to the MSP Cadillac Post for further investigation.