Virginia man who brought loaded AR-15s to Philadelphia Convention Center during 2020 Election Recount Has Bail Revoked

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – A Virginia man who was arrested during the 2020 Presidential ballot recount in Philadelphia with loaded AR-15s has had his bail revoked as a result of a motion filed by Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office.

Joshua Macias was arrested shortly after the 2020 presidential election, outside of the Pennsylvania Convention Center as votes were being canvassed.

According to D.A. Krasner’s Office, “Macias and his co-defendant and co-conspirator, Antonio Lamotta, were arrested by Philadelphia Police after an FBI alert was issued about them regarding a possible attempt to interfere with the counting of votes. Both were illegally armed when they were stopped by Philly officers, and officers later recovered from the Hummer they drove from Virginia a semi-automatic AR-15-style assault rifle, 2 AR-15 charging handles, 117 .223 rifle cartridges, 44 .40 caliber cartridges, one .45 caliber cartridge, one 9mm cartridge, and a samurai sword.”

Both men were also present at the January 6th incursion at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

After Macias and Lamotta were seen participating in the violent January 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the DAO Election Task Force filed a motion asking the court to revoke their bail.

The court also set additional conditions on Macias, including instructions not to post on social media or attend any further rallies.

“Since then, Macias has continued to disregard the court’s instructions and violate the terms of his pre-trial release by posting on social media, participating in events with political extremists — including an individual who has publicly called for the execution of everyone involved in President Biden’s election — and by using social media platforms to organize an “American trucker protest,” modeled after a recent illegal occupation that effectively shut down downtown Ottawa, Canada, for three weeks,” Krasner said.

“This defendant has both demonstrated his disregard for criminal law and for the sacred principles undergirding our democracy,” District Attorney Krasner said. “As my office prepares to try Joshua Macias for his attempt to interfere, perhaps violently, in the counting of votes in the 2020 presidential election, we must have a reasonable expectation that he will actually show up for his upcoming trial in Philadelphia. Macias’ flagrant disregard for the very minimal and reasonable conditions placed on him by the court for release pre-trial indicates that he is both a flight risk and an ongoing threat to peaceful and fair democratic elections. We respectfully ask the court to revoke his bail as soon as possible.”