Stone, a Fairfield County native (Norwalk) who attended high school in Northern Westchester County (John Jay in Lewisboro), made a statement to ABC News alleging that he does not know Minuta, nor was he "familiar with his name prior to his being identified in earlier media stories where it was alleged that he was involved in illegal events up at the Capitol".
Those arrested include members of the right-wing militia groups, the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters.
Roberto Minuta, 36, who owns a tattoo parlor called Casa Di Dolore at 784 Broadway, appeared in federal court in White Plains on Monday (March 8). "Why aren't you going after Antifa and Black Lives Matter members?'" Gianforti said.
The Justice Department and the FBI are investigating whether Stone and other high-profile right-wing figures played a role in the insurrection by promoting false claims that the election was stolen from former president Donald Trump. He has publicly distanced himself from the violence and criticized it, saying that there is no evidence he had knowledge of the attack and that any implication otherwise is "guilt by association".
Monday night's filing highlights newly disclosed communications over the messaging app Signal that investigators have found from Stewart Rhodes, the Oath Keepers' founder, and regional Oath Keepers leaders.
Roberto Minuta breached the Capitol grounds and "aggressively berated and taunted U.S. Capitol police officers" during the January 6 insurrection, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in court papers. After the riot, Gianforti said, Minuta tried to hide his involvement by ditching his cellphone and canceling his Verizon plan. His Facebook account was also deleted, but Gianforti said it was not clear whether he took it down himself.
Ben Gold, Minuta's court-appointed attorney, said his client was not violent on January 6. A reverend from the church wrote a letter advocating for his release, as did a state court judge related to Minuta.
"If he was evading arrest like the government did suggest, he would not have gone to work", Gold argued.
"I don't think it's frivolous for the government to be seeking detention in a case like this", Magistrate Judge Andrew E. Krause declared in explaining his ruling, with sets a $150,000, supervision by pretrial services, and travel restrictions in NY and Texas.
Prosecutors say that the 32-year-old Montana resident picked up a metal police barricade, shoved it into officers and crawled under it to enter the Capitol Building, before being fended off by authorities.
"Minuta stormed the Capitol grounds and was photographed standing in a crowd of rioters near a Capitol entrance, filming U.S. Capitol police officers with a mobile cellular phone", the charging documents say. His attorney information wasn't immediately available Monday.
However, the USA government requested Kenya to deport Sturgeon where he was put on a March 5 flight back to the US.
The newspaper said Mr Sturgeon had told the court: "I wasn't trying to flee", adding that he travelled frequently.