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Sam Fisher Arrested With Automatic Rifle After Chats About Ted Cruz and Capitol Is Detained

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 20 – Sam Fisher was arrested on January 20 in Manhattan in the U.S. Capitol January 6 case.

He appeared for a detention hearing past 4 pm before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron, and was ordered detained citing his automatic rifle. Inner City Press live tweeted it here: 

Detention hearing for Sam Fisher  Brad Holiday who wrote "from my Air B n B in DC Ted Cruz, Dan Crenshaw… all will allow the steal to  go on"

Fisher was arrested in Manhattan earlier today. Magistrate Judge Aaron: I am approving the appointment of a [publicly funded] lawyer. Mr. Fisher, you are charged with knowingly entering restricted grounds of the Capitol, and engaged in disorderly conduct.

Fisher's Federal Defender: He waives identity hearing. But I am requesting a bail hearing.

AUSA: The US believes detention is necessary, on flight risk and and danger to the community. Yes, he is charged only with two misdemeanors. But there may be more charges.

AUSA: Mr. Fisher has no stable place. He bounces around. Historically he has spent time in this District, but recently this is not his home. He returned 2 days ago, purpose unclear, he had three guns with him.

AUSA: Here are some statement by Mr Fisher: I am writing this from my Air BnB [Inner City Press already quoted this - the AUSA does not name Crewshaw or Cruz, though] AUSA chooses quotes including CCP and UN... 

AUSA: Fisher sent a photo of an assault rifle and a Glock. He said, F*ck the DC police. There are many more chats. They imply there was a clear purpose for traveling to DC and it was not a peaceful purpose. This morning, the FBI recovered a semi automatic rifle 

AUSA: Today is inauguration day. His accounts refer to the transfer of power to President Biden. It's not just that he is a general threat because of his views, it's more pronounced these days. There are no conditions for release. Pre-Trial Services agrees with us

AUSA: While we think detention is merited all the way to trial, for today we are asking for a shorter term, he could ask for bail in the future. Judge Aaron: Defense?

Fisher's lawyer: He would like to get to DC asap, he could get there himself

Fisher's lawyer: He is charged with two misdemeanors. He is not charged with guns. He had no record. He was born in New Jersey, he's lived in NY for 12 years. There is no indication he was inside the Capitol, or that he took firearms to DC.

 Fisher's lawyer: He could take the train to DC, or the bus. He is eager.

AUSA: He talked about guns. He had the intention of using them. 

Judge Aaron: What tips the scales is the presence of a semi automatic rifle at your arrest. I'm ordering you detained.

The case is 21-mag-748 (Aaron)


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