Law enforcement officers found a pickup truck with 11 explosive devices and firearms parked near the Capitol in Washington on the day of the riots. This was announced on January 9 by the NBC-2 TV channel with reference to CNN.
The owner of the car is identified and detained. It turned out to be 70-year-old Lonnie Leroy Coffman from Folkville, Alabama. He was arrested and charged with possession of unregistered firearms and carrying a pistol without a license.
The car was located two blocks from the Capitol at the National Republican Club. In addition to homemade bombs with combustible mixtures, it contained an M4 assault rifle, a pistol and equipped magazines.
Coffman stated that he had jars of molten polystyrene foam and gasoline in his car. However, the police also found pieces of cloth and fuses there.
On January 6, the American Congress was supposed to approve the results of the presidential election, according to which Democrat Joe Biden became the new head of state. The meeting was abruptly interrupted as supporters of the incumbent President Donald Trump broke into the Capitol and started riots. The day before, the head of the White House announced a rally in Washington.
The police used force to disperse the demonstrators. As a result, five people were killed and about 50 police officers were injured.
After the events in Washington, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova pointed out that the electoral system in the United States is archaic, does not meet modern democratic standards and creates opportunities for numerous violations, which is why riots and disputes over the election results began.
At the same time, political scientist Andres Tomas Conteris said that the United States has never had democracy, and after the elections, the split in society has intensified.