A family member of three Polk County residents who face charges in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol was arrested Thursday on several firearms-related charges stemming from a traffic stop, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said Friday.
Samuel Timothy Doolin, 27, of Lakeland is the older brother of Joshua Doolin, 24, and the cousin of Jonathan Pollock, 23, and Olivia Pollock, 31.
Joshua Doolin and Olivia Pollock are scheduled to begin trial March 6 facing a variety of charges related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol - a mixture of misdemeanors and felonies. They have been free on bond with restrictions since their arrests in June 2021. But Jonathan Pollock has been a fugitive. He is indicted on multiple charges and could face a sentence of up to 40 years if convicted on all charges.
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The Sheriff's Office said Samuel Doolin and Tiffany Ann Beam, 23, also of Lakeland, were arrested Thursday after illegally altered firearms were found in their truck during a traffic stop.
Just before 6:30 a.m., a Florida state trooper pulled over the couple's blue 1985 Chevrolet truck on Kathleen Road near Laurel Woods Lane because no tag was displayed, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.
The release said said Doolin refused multiple times to identify himself to the trooper and exit the vehicle. The trooper noticed a handgun on the seat between the occupants, which Doolin told the trooper was for his protection against law enforcement.
The trooper returned to his patrol vehicle and requested backup. When Polk sheriff's deputies arrived, they again ordered the couple to exit the truck several times, but they refused. According to the Sheriff's Office, the deputies approached with a ballistic shield and repeatedly ordered the two out of the truck. But they still refused.
The deputies broke the back window and deployed a Taser to take Doolin into custody. Beam offered no resistance after that.
When deputies searched the truck, they found five firearms, the Sheriff's Office said. Among them were a Glock 9mm handgun that had been altered from semi-automatic to automatic, and a rifle that was altered to operate as an automatic weapon and equipped with a 14-inch barrel. Federal law requires a barrel length to be at least 16 inches. The rifle also had no identifiable model or serial number.
Doolin was charged by the Polk Sheriff's Office with possession of a fully automatic firearm, possession of a short-barrel rifle, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number and carrying a concealed firearm, all felonies. He was also charged with resisting arrest without violence, a misdemeanor. The Florida Highway Patrol also charged Doolin with resisting without violence and cited him for not displaying a proper tag and failure to show identification, among other traffic violations.
"Samuel Doolin thinks he's above the law. He doesn't like to obey the same laws that every one of us abides by from simple traffic laws to more serious crimes of illegal firearms," Sheriff Grady Judd said in the news release. "We don't know what he planned to do with those firearms, but we know he won't be getting them back."
Beam was charged by the PCSO with resisting without violence.
This article originally appeared on The Ledger: Family member of 3 Polk Jan. 6 defendants arrested on firearms charges