A Florida man, arrested by authorities in Hardwick during an early morning raid Wednesday on charges related to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot in Washington, D.C., has been told he must surrender to authorities in the nation’s capital. Brian M. Preller, 32, of Mount Dora, Florida, appeared for a short hearing in court in Rutland before Chief Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford on late Wednesday afternoon. Crawford agreed to release Preller on strict conditions that he shows up for federal court in Washington, D.C. He will have a hearing on Aug. 30 in Washington, D.C., but may attend by Zoom. Several guns were found at the Airbnb, authorities say. Crawford told Preller he could not possess any firearms while on release. Preller waived his right to an identity hearing in Vermont. He also waived his right to a probable cause hearing in Vermont, but indicated he might seek one in Washington, D.C. Preller is charged in a three-count criminal complaint in Washington, D.C., with civil disorder on Jan. 6, 2021, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, according to federal court records filed in Vermont. Court records also show Preller told a friend during the summer of 2021 that he was building an army so he “can overthrow the federal government.” Preller rented a car in Leesburg, Florida, from Jan. 5-8, 2021, to get to Washington, D.C., for the rally, court papers show. He was part of 40 other members of a self-identified group known as the “B Squad,” records indicate.
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