WASHINGTON – A man accused of bringing an assault weapon to a Washington pizzeria while investigating false internet rumors of child sexual abuse is set to appear in court.
Prosecutors have argued that 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch is dangerous and should remain in jail. His attorney will have an opportunity Friday to argue for his release from custody pending trial.
Welch faces federal and local gun charges. He was arrested Dec. 3 outside a restaurant called Comet Ping Pong. The pizzeria has been targeted by conspiracy theorists who believe it's a haven for pedophilia involving prominent Democrats.
Authorities say Welch brought an assault weapon to the restaurant and fired it while inside. Police say the North Carolina man surrendered when he found no evidence to back up the rumors.