Federal agents arrested two other Capitol Hill rioters whose images had gone viral, one of which was wearing the House lectern and one wearing horns and fur, while a top Democratic lawmaker urged cellular operators to post social media content related to the carnage to preserve .
Dozens of people were charged after Wednesday’s Capitol storm. The FBI has asked the public to help identify the participants as more and more pictures of the riot have been posted on the internet. Five people have died, including a police officer.
Jacob Anthony Chansley, who featured prominently on social media with horns, fur, face-paint and a spear adorned with the U.S. flag, turned himself in to police, the Justice Department said.
Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, called the FBI office in Washington Thursday and later told agents, “He came to DC as part of a group work with other” patriots “from Arizona at the President’s request that all” patriots “come to DC coming January 6, “the DOJ said in a press release.
Federal agents also arrested Adam Christian Johnson, whose photo also went viral when he smiled and waved as he hijacked the lectern from Nancy Pelosi’s Speaker of Representatives. Johnson, of Parrish, Fla., Also streamed a live video of himself on Facebook as he walked the halls of the Capitol, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The video has been removed from online platforms and all Johnson pages have been removed.
On Saturday, Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat who is the new chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, wrote to the executives of 11 wireless carriers and social media companies asking for content and related metadata related to the outbreak of the insurrection save as lawmakers rallied to ratify the election of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.
In his letters, Warner stressed how the rioters took the time to document the event and share it via social media and text messages “to celebrate their disdain for our democratic process”.
Before his arrest, the NBC network reported, Chansley was delighted to see the crowd infiltrating the Capitol and forcing lawmakers to flee.
“The fact that we had a lot of traitors in office, crouching, putting on gas masks and retreating to their underground bunker, I consider a victory,” he told NBC News.
Chansley faces several federal charges, including forced entry and disorderly conduct for the sake of the Capitol.
According to media reports, Chansley had often been seen at rallies in support of Trump. Reuters’ efforts on Saturday to reach out to his relatives were unsuccessful, as were attempts to contact Johnson’s family.
It was unclear where Chansley was being held on Saturday or whether he or Johnson had legal representation.
Johnson, who appears in federal court for the first time Monday, is indicted from Washington.
Threats to the speaker
A man arrested in connection with the Capitol events and threats against lawmakers told FBI agents that he arrived in Washington, one day late for the rally, Thursday after being late on the way to Ohio would have.
Cleveland Meredith was found with a Tavor X95 assault rifle, Glock pistol, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition and was arrested in connection with threats against Pelosi after an FBI agent read text messages on January 7th saying Meredith about “putting a” Spoke Ball in her noggin on live TV “and ran his truck over her, according to a criminal complaint.
At least a dozen other people were prosecuted in connection with the uprising in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and at least 40 fewer people were indicted in the District of Columbia Superior Court, a local jurisdiction. Many of them were charged and released on Thursday with the judge’s orders not to return to Washington unless they appear in court or meet with their lawyers.
This included Richard Barnett, the Arkansas Gravette, a man who was photographed sitting at a desk in Pelosi’s office with his feet on the furniture.
Nicholas Ochs, self-proclaimed leader of the Hawaiian chapter of the far-right Proud Boys group, who filed a failed bid for a seat in the House of Representatives in November, was arrested on his return to Honolulu and charged with illegally entering restricted buildings or land, said Federal prosecutor in a statement. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.
Among those arrested on Friday for participating in the uprising was West Virginia House of Delegates member Derrick Evans, who announced his resignation in a one-line statement on Saturday.
Evans, who had just been elected in November and had advertised on his campaign website as “a pro-Trump Conservative who will always stand up, speak up and fight for Christian values,” streamed live into the Capitol on Wednesday and was taped and said : “We’re in, we’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol,” the Justice Department said in a press release.
The FBI and the Washington State Department of Homicide are working together to investigate the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was injured while defending the Capitol. Sicknick had just been sworn in at the US Capitol Police Department and had fulfilled a lifelong dream.
Steven D’Antuono, the assistant director of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said Friday that rioters who had returned home since then were not safe from arrest.
“Just because you left the DC area, you can still expect a knock on the door when we find out you were part of the criminal activity at the Capitol,” said D’Antuono.
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