Federal authorities presented new details on Tuesday about three self-described members of a paramilitary group who are the first to be charged with plotting the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
The FBI said a Virginia man, Thomas Edward Caldwell, 65, appeared to be a leader of the effort. Caldwell was arrested on Tuesday in Virginia.
Donovan Crowl, 50, a former marine, was arrested in Ohio on Monday, as was Jessica Watkins, a 38-year-old Army veteran and bartender.
Jessica Watkins, 38, a bartender from Ohio, participated in the mob that stormed the CapitolInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Watkins (left) and Crowl (right) are pictured inside the Capitol during the January 6 riot
Jessica Watkins (left) and Donavan Crowl, both military veterans, are in custody in Ohio
The trio were all charged with conspiracy and other federal counts - the first of more than 125 people arrested in connection with the January 6 assault to be charged with conspiracy.
The chilling details in the case included communications between the defendants and others.
'All members are in the tunnels under the capital,' the FBI quoted a message sent to Caldwell during the Capitol attack.
'Seal them in turn on gas.'
Other messages referred to the legislators as 'traitors' and called for 'night hunting.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The FBI collected social media messages, photos and video to identify them as part of the Oath Keepers, which FBI agents describe as a 'large but loosely organized collection of the militia who believe the federal government has been corrupted by a shadowy conspiracy that is trying to strip American citizens of their rights.'
Messages included in FBI charging documents had quotes with the three suspects exulting over breaching the Capitol, and Caldwell telling an Oath Keepers leader he was ready to attack Ohio's capital of Columbus.
Watkins (right) is pictured with other rioters and was an organizer of militia groups
'We need to do this at the local level,' he allegedly messaged. 'Lets (sic) storm the capitol in Ohio. Tell me when!'
Details of the documents made public offer some insight to planning and coordination behind the extraordinary attack, which apparently took law enforcement by surprise despite various warnings online.
The Oath Keepers group often recruits current and former military, police or other first responders - like Watkins and Crowl.
It wasn't clear immediately whether Caldwell has military or law enforcement experience.
The FBI said some Oath Keepers members were wearing helmets, protective vests and items with the group's name and motto: 'Not On Our Watch.'
The FBI also said that they seemed to 'move in an organized and practiced fashion and force their way to the front of the crowd gathered around a door to the U.S. Capitol.'
An affidavit filed against Caldwell states that he was involved in the planning and coordinating of the Capitol