Ex-La Habra police chief Alan Hostetter charged in connection with Jan. 6 Capitol riot

A former La Habra police chief and five others were charged Thursday, June 10, with crimes related to the Jan. 6 insurgency at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump seeking to prevent the certification of the Electoral College balloting in favor of Joe Biden.

Alan Hostetter, 56, who led rallies in Orange County against coronavirus restrictions last summer, is a yoga instructor who took a medical retirement in 2010 after eight months leading the La Habra Police Department.

The grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday also names Russell Taylor, Erik Scott Warner, Felipe Antonio “Tony” Martinez, Derek Kinnison and Ronald Mele.

Hostetter is charged with obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct within a restricted building, disorderly conduct within a restricted building in order to disrupt or impede the government and preventing attendance at an official proceeding, according to federal court records.

Hostetter is due to appear in federal court in Santa Ana on Thursday. Others are scheduled to appear in court in Riverside. Before becoming chief in La Habra, he was deputy chief in Fontana.

“My understanding is that he did not enter the Capitol,” Hostetter’s attorney, Bilal A. Essayli, said in a phone interview. “We are very concerned that the government is charging him with multiple felonies.”

The other defendants are charged with similar crimes. Some are charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on Capitol grounds.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


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