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By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Ohio federal judge ordered Oath Keepers member Donovan Crowl to be detained pending trial after prosecutors accused him of conspiring with other members to storm the U.S. Capitol. United States on January 6. the defendants are very serious, “said Sharon Ovington, magistrate judge for the Southern District of Ohio.” The government alleges that he conspired with others beforehand to forcibly storm the United States Capitol. Champaign County, Ohio and a Persian Gulf War veteran. Prosecutors said he does not have a stable address at this time. He and associates Thomas Caldwell and Jessica Watkins are the first suspects charged with conspiring to seize the United States Capitol, in an effort to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden‘s election as President of the United States over former President Donald Trump. All three are members of the Oath Keepers, a loosely organized anti-government militia whose members generally believe They must take the law into their own hands. Crowl’s attorney said his client suffers from skin cancer and cannot receive proper treatment in the prison. cel. He also said that, as a war veteran, Crowl could be trusted to abide by any release rules that the judge might impose. Ovington rejected those arguments, saying that leaving Crowl in a house that apparently contains nine firearms was not “a principle.” In an amended complaint, investigators said they have uncovered damning messages exchanged between the three showing an apparent coordinated effort to storm the Capitol. Caldwell, whom prosecutors describe as a leader of the organization, also received messages from an unidentified person inside the Capitol that appeared to be directing him into the building‘s underground tunnels. “All the members are in the tunnels under the sealed capital. Turn on the gas,” read a message. At Crowl’s arrest hearing, the government said the FBI had discovered instructions on how to manufacture explosives during the execution of a search warrant at the home of one of Crowl’s accomplices. The prosecutor also read aloud excerpts from online posts by Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes urging its members to essentially prepare for civil war. On the group’s site, Rhodes wrote: “What is being installed now is … an illegitimate regime” and called Biden a “puppet who will carry out the orders of a mortal enemy of this nation.” So far, more than 150 people have been charged for their role in the assault on the US Capitol, according to a Reuters tally. The FBI has been making arrests every day since the siege, as agents review more than 200,000 photos and videos in which many of the suspects can be seen pushing police, ransacking offices and bragging about their actions. The FBI has linked several suspects to fringe groups such as Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys. Others, meanwhile, are described as believers in discredited but widely spread conspiracy theories like QAnon.