Two men from Orange County, California and four others are facing charges in connection with the January 6 riots.
Former La Habra police chief Alan Hostetter, now living in San Clemente, has been charged by a grand jury on June 10 with attempting to obstruct an official government process, which was the certification of the Electoral College.
The accused are also charged: Russell Taylor of Ladera Ranch, Erik Warner of Menifee, Tony Martinez and Derek Kinnison of Elsinore Lake, CA, and Ronald Mele of Temecula.
Hostetter, now a yoga instructor, led several protests in Orange County in 2020 against COVID-19 restrictions by the government. He was at the forefront of the “Stop the Steal” marches in various cities in Orange County regarding the outcome of the presidential election in 2020. He also started the American Phoenix project, which describes itself as ‘2020 tyranny’ by manipulative officials at the highest levels of our government. ‘
All the men were charged with attempting to obstruct the certification of the Electoral College, knowingly entering a restricted building or site without legal authority, and other federal charges.
During Hostetter’s court hearing on June 10 at a federal court in Santa Ana, Hostetter’s lawyer Biletter Essayli said that Hostetter changed him in the FBI after the accusation, and that he, while on the steps of the Capitol was, did not enter the building.
In the indictment, Hostetter and Taylor are accused of “joining rioters on the lower west terrace of the Capitol who tried to push through a series of law enforcers.”
After Hostetter and Taylor moved through the area blocked by law enforcement, they climbed the stairs erected for the inauguration, the document reads. Once on the Upper West Terrace, Hostetter reportedly said, “The people have taken back their house … Hundreds of thousands of patriots turned up today to take back their government!”
In a video comment posted on his personal Facebook account on June 10, Hostetter thanked his fans for not giving up and said the mainstream media did not portray him directly.
“The employees decided today to charge me for the ‘incident’ on 6 January. I will call it. ‘You’ve heard me call the’ fake-surrection ‘in many of my podcasts, and I still keep believing that it will eventually be the case,’ ‘he said.
‘We had a very fair judge today and this first trial. I’m back home now and everything’s fine. I’m going to fight and fight and fight like I always do, and keep my day in court, because what you saw in the accusation in public, I do not want to go overboard, but I will just says that there is much more to this story than meets the eye. ”