A Falls Church man accused of bringing a gun, ammo and knives to a Haymarket church final September with the intent of bringing “harm and loss of life” to the congregation has now been indicted for a federal hate crime.

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A Falls Church man accused of bringing a gun, ammo and knives to a Haymarket church final September with the intent of bringing “harm and loss of life” to the congregation has now been indicted for a federal hate crime.

On Wednesday, a federal jury returned an indictment towards Rui Jiang, 35, charging him with “making an attempt to hinder the congregants of the Park Valley Church in Haymarket, Virginia, within the free train of their non secular beliefs,” based on a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

“The indictment charged that his tried act concerned a harmful weapon and an try and kill, and included each a threats rely and a firearms violation,” the discharge stated.

According to courtroom paperwork, Jiang started posting on-line threats towards the Park Valley Church on the night of Sept. 23. On the morning of Sept. 24, police started trying to find Jiang in response to a involved citizen’s name about his on-line posts.

Police officers positioned Jiang on the entrance entrance to the Park Valley Church whereas Sunday companies had been underway.

Jiang was armed with a semiautomatic handgun and two full magazines of ammunition, courtroom paperwork present.

During a search of Jiang’s residence, police found 5 copies of a letter, every signed, which learn partly, “To the households of these males about to be slain – I’m sorry for what I’ve finished and about to do. May your tears not be cried in useless, however to have fun how your family members had lived,” based on the discharge.

Jiang was arrested and detained by Prince William County police on Sept. 24.

If convicted, Jiang faces a compulsory minimal penalty of 5 years in jail and a most penalty of life in jail.

After his arrest in September, Prince William police charged Jiang with threats of bodily hurt and carrying a harmful weapon to a spot of non secular worship.

In December, they positioned a further cost of tried aggravated homicide of a number of individuals.

An off-duty, uniformed Prince William officer working a visitors element on the church on Waverly Farm Drive discovered the suspect’s unoccupied automobile within the car parking zone the evening of the deliberate assault, police stated.

At the identical time, workers members on the church had been monitoring a suspicious individual on the premises.

Not realizing concerning the menace on the time, Pastor Barry White informed WTOP News that as Sunday companies went on, his safety crew was already holding a detailed eye on the person as a result of he entered the church sporting all black clothes and black sun shades.

“It was a wet day; you didn’t really want to put on sun shades and the truth that he was sporting them and sporting them contained in the constructing … our guys flagged that proper off the bat,” White informed the radio station.

The off-duty officer and church workers coordinated and detained the person close to the doorway with out incident.

“It was … a miracle of God,” White stated concerning the truth the police officer was on the church on the time.

Jiang stays held with out bond on the Prince William-Manassas regional jail.

Park Valley is a non-denominational church with a congregation of greater than 1,500 members.