The indictment says when a recruit asked Watkins on Nov. 17 about her predictions for 2021, Watkins replied:
“I can’t predict. I don’t underestimate the resolve of the Deep State. Biden may still yet be our President. If he is, our way of life as we know it is over. Our Republic would be over. Then it is our duty as Americans to fight, kill and die for our rights,” the indictment says.
The indictment says Watkins, Crowl and Caldwell then planned their trip to Washington D.C. for Jan. 6. In one text message sent Nov. 23, Caldwell allegedly told Watkins “I believe we will have to get violent to stop this,” noting Antifa members “who are sure to come out en masse even if we get the Prez for 4 more years. Stay sharp and we will meet again,” the indictment says.
On Jan. 1, Caldwell allegedly wrote to Crowl that he recommended a hotel in Arlington, the indictment says. The indictment says that Watkins rented a room at the hotel under the name “Jessica Wagkins.”
Authorities then said the Watkins and Crowl were together during the Jan. 6 riots. The indictment alleges that they equipped themselves “for battle” before heading to the Capital by carrying communication devices and wearing reinforced vests, helmets and goggles. It says they joined others wearing Oath Keepers clothing and patches.
“At approximately 2:40 p.m., Crowl, Watkins and this line of individuals forcibly entered the Capitol building,” the indictment says. “As they entered the Capitol, Crowl, Watkins and this line of individuals joined the larger crowd in pushing past at least one law enforcement officer who appeared to be trying to stop the crowd.”
The indictment says Watkins used a communication application to alert others that she was with 30 to 40 people. An unknown male replied:
“You are executing citizen’s arrest. Arrest this assembly, we have probable cause for acts of treason, election fraud,” the indictment says. Watkins says that the group was being shot with paintballs and a person replied that this was “everything we [expletive] trained for.”
The indictment said that Caldwell wrote in Facebook messages that he was with a group surging forward and got inside the Capitol.
The indictment also says that the three continued communication after the Jan. 6 events. Caldwell allegedly described his experience as ‘storming the castle’ and said it was a “good time.”
“Also on the evening of January 6, 2021, Caldwell sent a message to Crowl stating ‘we need to do this at the local level. Lets storm the capitol in Ohio. Tell me when!’”
The indictment says Watkins and Crowl returned back to Ohio after Jan. 6 and then traveled to Caldwell’s home in Virginia on Jan. 14 after media identified them as participants of the riot.