News Update: Washington, DC: Latest information regarding the storming of the United States Capitol by riot mob of pro-Trump extremists.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Sources: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, United States Marshals Service, United States Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (Information):

Washington, District of Columbia: Authorities and officials continue to provide the latest information regarding the storming of the United States Capitol by riot mob of pro-Trump extremists that occurred on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 as the United States Congress began reviewing the Electoral College votes.

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The ATF and FBI continue to urge the public to report suspected use of explosive devices, or violent, destructive acts associated with the recent unrest. Anyone with information can call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email ATFTips@atf.gov or submit information anonymously via: https://reportit.com

The FBI is looking for individuals who may have incited or promoted violence of any kind. Anyone with digital material or tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or submit images or videos at: https://tips.fbi.gov/digitalmedia/aad18481a3e8f02

*** Latest Information as of Sunday, January 17th, 2021: ***

The United States Department of Justice also announced that a New Mexico County commissioner was charged today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for breaching the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

According to the United States Department of Justice, a New Mexico County commissioner was charged today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for breaching the U.S. Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, 2021.

Couy Griffin, of New Mexico, was arrested today in Washington, D.C., and charged by criminal complaint with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful entry.

As alleged in the charging documents, on Jan. 9, 2021, law enforcement received a tip that Griffin, an Otero County, New Mexico, Commissioner was present at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and had posted videos to his Facebook page indicating that he intended to return to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2021, and “plant our flag” on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk.

An investigation into Griffin revealed that he is the founder of an organization called “Cowboys for Trump,” and that following the incident at the U.S. Capitol, Griffin posted a video to the Cowboys for Trump Facebook page in which he stated that he “climbed up on the top of the Capitol building and . . . had a first row seat.” In that same video, now removed, he states:

“You want to say that that was a mob? You want to say that was violence? No sir. No Ma’am. No we could have a 2nd Amendment rally on those same steps that we had that rally yesterday. You know, and if we do, then it’s gonna be a sad day, because there’s gonna be blood running out of that building. But at the end of the day, you mark my word, we will plant our flag on the desk of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and Donald J. Trump if it boils down to it.”

On Jan. 14, 2021, Griffin spoke at an Otero County, New Mexico, council meeting about his experience at the Capitol and his plans to return to Washington, D.C., to protest President-Elect Biden’s Inauguration on Jan. 20, 2021. It is alleged that Griffin stated that he intended to bring his firearms with him when he traveled to Washington, D.C.

The case is being prosecuted by the Assistant U.S. Attorneys Janani Iyengar and Jason Feldman of the District of Columbia United States Attorney’s Office, and Trial Attorney George Kraehe of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and the U.S. Capitol Police Department.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/new-mexico-county-commissioner-charged-breaching-us-capitol

The United States Department of Justice also announced today that a Kentucky man was arrested and charged yesterday in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

According to the United States Department of Justice, a Kentucky man was arrested and charged yesterday in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol last week during which he joined a crowd of individuals who unlawfully entered the U.S. Capitol and disrupted the conduct of business by the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

Chad Barrett Jones, 42, of Coxs Creek, Kentucky, was charged by criminal complaint with one count of assault on a federal officer, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 111(a) and (b); one count of certain acts during a civil disorder, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 231(a)(3); one count of destruction of government property over $1,000, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1361; one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1521(c)(2); one count of unlawful entry on restricted building or grounds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1752(a) and (b); and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, in violation of Title 40, United States Code, Section 5104(e)(2). Jones was arrested in Louisville. His initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Colin H. Lindsay of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky is scheduled for January 19.

The affidavit in support of criminal complaint alleges that video footage from inside the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, shows Jones in a red hooded jacket and gray skullcap among an aggressive crowd trying to breach a barricaded door to the Speaker’s Lobby, a hallway that connects to the House of Representatives chambers. Members of the crowd were shouting and gesticulating at the Capitol Police officers guarding the door. Seconds after the officers began moving toward the adjacent wall as other officers in tactical gear arrived, Jones forcefully struck the door’s glass panels at least 10 times with a long, wood flagpole, the affidavit alleges. The affidavit also alleges that chants of “Break it down!” could be heard, and that a U.S. Capitol Police officer inside the Speakers’ Lobby, facing the door with a gun raised, can be seen at the side of the video in the close vicinity of the doorway.

The Superintendent of the Capitol has represented that the repair cost of the damaged glass will exceed $1,000. Federal authorities were able to identify Jones as the man in the red hooded jacket and gray skullcap after receiving a tip on January 8.

The case is being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky. The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Louisville Field Office and Washington Field Office, with assistance from the U.S. Capitol Police.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/kentucky-man-arrested-and-charged-federal-court-actions-us-capitol

*** Latest Information as of Friday, January 15th, 2021: ***

The United States Department of Justice announced today that a New York State man was taken into custody and charged today with unlawful entry, destruction of government property and obstruction of an official proceeding.

According to the United States Department of Justice, a New York State man was taken into custody and charged today with unlawful entry, destruction of government property and obstruction of an official proceeding.

Dominic Pezzola, 43, also known as “Spaz” and “Spazzo,” of Rochester, New York, was charged by criminal complaint with one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1512(c)(2); one count of destruction of government property, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1361; and one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section1752(a). Following a hearing in the Western District of New York, Pezzola was ordered detained.

The affidavit in support of criminal complaint alleges that Pezzola unlawfully gained entry to the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, by breaking a window in the U.S. Capitol with a U.S. Capitol Police shield, as an individual in the crowd yelled “Go Go Go,” before entering the Capitol building.

The affidavit also alleges that a video posted from inside the Capitol shows Pezzola smoking a cigar inside the building. In that video, Pezzola can be heard saying words to the effect of, “Victory smoke in the Capitol, boys. This is f***ing awesome. I knew we could take this mother***er over [if we] just tried hard enough.”

The affidavit alleges that Pezzola was photographed in December, 2020, at rallies in Washington, D.C., that included individuals wearing clothing consistent with the “Proud Boys.”

At some point after the incident at the Capitol had ended, the affidavit in support of criminal complaint alleges, Pezzola bragged about breaking the windows to the Capitol with a Capitol Police shield. The affidavit also alleges that Pezzola and others stated that they would have killed anyone they got their hands on, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Michael Pence. The affidavit alleges that, in the days after the event, members of the group said that the group would return to Washington, D.C., and kill every single “m-fer” they could.

The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division. The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Buffalo Field Office, Albany Field Office, and Washington Field Office.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/rochester-new-york-man-arrested-and-charged-destroying-property-and-obstruction

The United States Department of Justice also announced today that a California man was arrested and charged yesterday in connection with the riots at the United States Capitol last week.

According to the United States Department of Justice, a California man was arrested and charged yesterday in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

Hunter Allen Ehmke, 20, of Glendora, California, was charged by criminal complaint with one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1521(c)(2); one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, in violation of Title 40, United States Code, Section 5104(e)(2); and one count of destruction of government property, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1361. The defendant was arrested outside of Los Angeles, and made his initial appearance yesterday before Magistrate Judge John E. McDermott of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

The affidavit in support of criminal complaint alleges that during the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, Ehmke jumped onto a window ledge and smashed several panes out of a six-pane window that led to an office space inside the Capitol. Officers with the United States Capitol Police were able to apprehend Ehmke on scene. While the officers were in the process of placing Ehmke under arrest, the large crowd became very aggressive and menacing towards the officers and, faced with being outnumbered by a threatening crowd and having no realistic way to make a safe arrest, the officers made the decision to release the defendant, ordering him to leave the Capitol grounds. The Architect of the Capitol estimated the damage to the window in excess of $2,400.

The case is being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Valuable assistance was provided by Assistant United States Attorney David Ryan of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office and Washington Field Office, and the U.S. Capitol Police Department. The Glendora (California) Police Department assisted in apprehending Ehmke in California and in serving court-authorized search warrants.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/california-man-arrested-and-charged-federal-charges-following-events-united-states

The United States Department of Justice also announced today that a Texas man was charged yesterday and arrested today in Texas in connection with making threats regarding the riots at the U.S. Capitol last week.

According to the United States Department of Justice, a Texas man was charged yesterday and arrested today in Texas in connection with making threats regarding the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

Troy Anthony Smocks, 58, of Dallas, Texas, was charged by criminal complaint with knowingly and willfully transmitting threats in interstate commerce, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 875(c). He will make an initial appearance this afternoon in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

The affidavit in support of criminal complaint alleges that Smocks traveled to the Washington, D.C., area on January 5, 2021, the day before the illegal rioting. Smocks used a Parler social media account under the name “ColonelTPerez” or “@Colonel007,” to post threats on January 6 and 7 regarding the riots. The threats included that he and others would return to the U.S. Capitol on January 19, 2021, carrying weapons and massing in numbers so large that no army could match them. Smocks threatened that he and others would “hunt these cowards down like the Traitors that each of them are,” specifically threatening “RINOS, Dems, and Tech Execs.” The threats issued by Smocks were viewed by other social media users tens of thousands of times.

This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the DOJ’s National Security Division, with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas. The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Dallas Field Office and Washington Field Office, and the Metropolitan Police Department.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/texas-man-arrested-and-charged-making-threats-regarding-events-us-capitol

*** Latest Information as of Thursday, January 14th, 2021: ***

The United States Department of Justice announced today that a Utah man was charged today in federal court in the District of Columbia in connection with the riots at the United States Capitol last week.

According to the United States Department of Justice, a Utah man was charged today in federal court in the District of Columbia in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

John Earle Sullivan was charged by complaint with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and one count of interfering with law enforcement engaged in the lawful performance of their official duties incident to and during the commission of civil disorder. The defendant was arrested today in Utah.

The Complaint alleges that during the events at the U.S. Capitol, Sullivan, wearing a ballistics vest and gas mask, entered the U.S. Capitol through a window that had been broken out, pushing past U.S. Capitol Police once inside. The Complaint also alleges that Sullivan admits to filming and being depicted in video footage that shows him present, outside of the Speaker’s Lobby within the U.S. Capitol, at the shooting of a woman by a U.S. Capitol Police officer.

The case is being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division. The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Salt Lake City and Washington Field Offices, the U.S. Capitol Police Department, and the Metropolitan Police Department. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division. The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Salt Lake City and Washington Field Offices, the U.S. Capitol Police Department, and the Metropolitan Police Department. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/utah-man-charged-federal-court-following-events-united-states-capitol

The United States Department of Justice also announced today that a retired Pennsylvania firefighter was charged yesterday and arrested today in Pennsylvania in connection with the riots at the United States Capitol last week.

According to the United States Department of Justice, a retired Pennsylvania firefighter was charged yesterday and arrested today in Pennsylvania in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

Robert Sanford, 55, of Boothwyn, PA, was charged by criminal complaint with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, disorderly or disruptive conduct on capitol grounds, civil disorder, and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers while engaged in the performance of official duties.

It is alleged that during the events at the U.S. Capitol, Sanford struck three U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers with a fire extinguisher. A video, recorded by an individual who was present in the crowd, captures when a man throws what appears to be a fire extinguisher at a group of USCP officers protecting the lower west terrace of the Capitol.

The fire extinguisher struck one officer, who was wearing a helmet, in the head; then, the fire extinguisher ricochets striking a second officer, who was not wearing a helmet, in the head; and ricochets a third time and strikes a third officer, wearing a helmet, in the head. After throwing the fire extinguisher at USCP, Sanford leaves the area in the opposite direction. Federal authorities were able to identify Sanford, after receiving a tip on January 12.

This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the DOJ’s National Security Division, with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The cases are being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the United States Capitol Police.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/retired-pennsylvania-fire-fighter-arrested-and-criminally-charged-actions-us-capitol

The United States Department of Justice also announced today that two individuals were charged today in federal court in the District of Columbia in connection with the riots at the United States Capitol last week.

According to the United States Department of Justice, Kevin Seefried and Hunter Seefried were charged today in federal court in the District of Columbia in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

Kevin Seefried and Hunter Seefried each were charged by complaint with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and one count of depredation of government property. Both defendants were taken into custody in Delaware today. It is alleged that during the events at the U.S. Capitol, Kevin Seefried and Hunter Seefried entered the Senate Building through a broken window and, shortly thereafter, Kevin Seefried was photographed holding a Confederate Battle flag inside the Capitol Building.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The cases are being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division. The cases are being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the U.S. Capitol Police Department, and the Metropolitan Police Department. Valuable assistance was provided by Assistant United States Attorney Adrienne Dedjinou of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/two-delaware-men-charged-federal-court-following-events-united-states-capitol

*** Latest Information as of Wednesday, January 13th, 2021: ***

The United States Department of Justice has announced today that seven individuals have been charged in federal court in the District of Columbia in connection with crimes committed at the United States Capitol last week.

According to the United States Department of Justice, seven individuals have been charged in federal court in the District of Columbia in connection with crimes committed at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

The defendants and charges are outlined below:

  • Robert Keith Packer was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry or disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Packer was arrested today in Virginia.
  • Nicholas Rodean was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without law authority; one count of knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on capitol grounds; and one count of and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the capitol buildings. Rodean was arrested today in Washington, D.C.
  • Aaron Mostofsky, was charged with one felony count of theft of government property. He was arrested in New York City yesterday.
  • William Pepe was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without law authority. Pepe was arrested yesterday in New York.
  • Andrew Williams was charged with one count of unlawful entry of a restricted building and one count of disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Williams was arrested in Florida yesterday.
  • Josiah Colt, of Meridian, Idaho, was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Colt was arrested yesterday in Idaho.
  • Kevin Loftus was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without law authority and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Loftus was arrested yesterday in Wisconsin.

In addition, three defendants previously charged by criminal complaint have been indicted in federal court in the District of Columbia:

  • Lonnie Coffman
  • Jacob Chansley
  • Mark Leffingwell

Defendant, Richard Barnett, who was arrested on Jan. 8, 2021, was charged in an amended complaint yesterday with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without law authority; one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on capitol grounds; and one count of theft of public money, property, or records.

Additional complaints have been submitted in federal court and investigations are ongoing. As previously reported, approximately 40 individuals were arrested and charged in Superior Court with offenses including, but not limited to, unlawful entry, curfew violations, and firearms-related crimes.

The cases are being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division. The cases are being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the U.S. Capitol Police Department, and the Metropolitan Police Department. Valuable assistance was provided by: the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York; the FBI’s New York Field Office; the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin; the FBI’s Milwaukee Field Office; the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida; the FBI’s Tampa Field Office; the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho; the FBI’s Salt Lake City Field Office; the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia; the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office; the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland; and the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/seven-charged-federal-court-following-events-united-capitol

The United States Department of Justice has also announced today that two off-duty Rocky Mount, Virginia police officers were charged yesterday in federal court in the District of Columbia in connection with the riots at the United States Capitol last week.

According to the United States Department of Justice, two off-duty Rocky Mount, Virginia police officers were charged yesterday in federal court in the District of Columbia in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson were charged by complaint with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Both defendants were arrested on January 13, 2021, in Virginia. It is alleged that during the events at the U.S. Capitol, Fracker and Robertson were photographed in the Capitol building making an obscene gesture in front of the John Stark statue.

On social media, Robertson is quoted as saying, “CNN and the Left are just mad because we actually attacked the government who is the problem and not some random small business … The right IN ONE DAY took the f***** U.S. Capitol. Keep poking us.” He also stated that he was “proud” of the photo on an Instagram post that was shared to Facebook, because he was “willing to put skin in the game.” On Facebook, Fracker posted a comment that read, “Lol to anyone who’s possibly concerned about the picture of me going around… Sorry I hate freedom? …Not like I did anything illegal…y’all do what you feel you need to.” The post has since been deleted.

These cases are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the DOJ’s National Security Division, with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia. The cases are being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the United States Capitol Police.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/two-duty-virginia-police-officers-charged-federal-court-following-events-us-capitol

Meanwhile, hundreds of national guard members continue to protect the United States Capitol building, one week after it was storming by a riot mob of pro-Trump extremists.

Reports of over 10,000 members of the national guard have been deployed to Washington D.C. as the FBI warned far-right groups were continuing to threaten plots before Joe Biden’s inauguration as President of the United States of America schedule to be held on Thursday, January 21st, 2021.

General Daniel Hokanson, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, has said the guard plans to have up to 10,000 troops present, with the possibility of an additional increase of up to 15,000 in D.C. to meet current and future requests for the inauguration.

National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to the National Capital Region to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. I joined Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead; CSM John Sampa, command sergeant major of the Army Guard; and Air Force CMSgt. Maurice Williams, command chief master sergeant of the Air Guard to visit with our troops on duty on Capitol Hill & at the D.C. Armory last night,” General Daniel Hokanson said via Twitter.

According to Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman, there will be no public access to the United States Capitol grounds during the inauguration.

Chief Yogananda Pittman said the Capitol Police are engaged with law enforcement partners on the federal, state and local levels on security for Inauguration Day.

We have comprehensive, coordinated plans in place to ensure the safety and security of the congressional community and the upcoming presidential inauguration,” said Chief Yogananda Pittman.

According to the National Park Service, the Washington Monument is also closed to tours due to “credible threats to visitors and park resources” surrounding Biden’s inauguration.

The Washington Monument will remain closed through Sunday, January 24th, 2021.

The National Park Service says that it might also temporarily block public access to roadways, parking areas and restrooms on the National Mall “if conditions warrant, to protect public safety and park resources.”

United States President Donald Trump granted a State of Emergency for Washington, D.C., from Monday through Sunday, January 24th, 2021 after Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser requested the declaration.

Federal assistance is also being provided to supplement the city’s response efforts during Inauguration Day.

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser also asked the Department of the Interior to cancel or deny permits for demonstrations through Sunday, January 24th, 2021 as well as asked the United States Department of Justice to provide daily intelligence and threat briefings to Washington, D.C. authorities.

Authorities in states across America are also preparing for any problems related to Joe Biden’s inauguration, including stepping up security as state capitol buildings and setting up barricades.

Travelers who are planning to board flights to Washington, D.C., ahead of the inauguration will not be allowed to check firearms on several airlines.

Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines has recently announced that they will not be allowed passengers traveling to Washington, D.C. to check firearms on their flights, only law enforcement officials and active duty military traveling on orders would be exempt from the ban.

All major airlines stepped up security precautions on flights leaving Washington D.C. last weekend after the storming of the United States Capitol and incidents on Washington, D.C.-bound flights leading up to it.

In addition to banning firearms, Seattle-based Alaska said it also plans to reduce the number of tickets sold on flights to and from the D.C. metro area to support law enforcement calls to avoid travel to the area. It will require all passengers on flights to and from metro D.C. to remain in their seats for an hour after takeoff and during landing.

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The United States Department of Justice said that as of Friday, thirteen individuals have been charged so far in federal court in the District of Columbia related to crimes committed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

In addition to those who have been charged, additional complaints have been submitted and investigations are ongoing.

The lawless destruction of the U.S. Capitol building was an attack against one of our Nation’s greatest institutions. My Office, along with our law enforcement partners at all levels, have been expeditiously working and leveraging every resource to identify, arrest, and begin prosecuting these individuals who took part in the brazen criminal acts at the U.S. Capitol. We are resolute in our commitment to holding accountable anyone responsible for these disgraceful criminal acts, and to anyone who might be considering engaging in or inciting violence in the coming weeks – know this: you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin.

ATF is committed to the rule of law and the protection of all citizens’ Constitutional rights. We continue to support our law enforcement partners to ensure those who violated the law during the events at the Capitol this week are brought to justice. ATF has dedicated all appropriate resources to complete these investigations as soon as possible,” said Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Deputy Director Regina Lombardo.

Today’s charges are just the beginning of the FBI’s ongoing efforts to hold those responsible for the criminal acts of violence and destruction that unfolded during the U.S. Capitol building breach on January 6th. To be clear, what took place that day was not First Amendment-protected activity, but rather an affront on our democracy. The FBI, along with our local, state and federal partners, is committed to ensuring that justice is served. We will continue to aggressively investigate each and every individual who chose to ignore the law and instead incite violence, destroy property, and injure others,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Deputy U.S. Marshals responded to support U.S. Capitol Police after the incursion into the Capitol building. Our deputies helped to clear the building and escorted members of Congress back to the main chamber for official business. US Marshals will now bring to bear our fugitive investigations expertise to ensure that individuals charged in federal warrants are brought to face justice. Respect for the rule of law is a foundational principle for our democracy and the freedoms that it provides. Unlawful acts will not go unpunished,” said U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington.

The events that happened at and around the United States Capitol were unconscionable, and those responsible will be held accountable for their attempts to thwart Democracy. While these charges represent a positive step, there is still work to be done. Our collective intentions are to work diligently to identify all of the persons responsible for the insurrection at our U.S. Capitol,” said Metropolitan Police Department Chief of Police Robert J. Contee III.

The United States Department of Justice has release publicly the following identities of those who have been arrested and charged in the storming of the United States Capitol incident last Wednesday.

  • Jacob Anthony Chansley (Jake Angeli), Adam Johnson and Derrick Evans:

Jacob Anthony Chansley, a.k.a. Jake Angeli, of Arizona, who was photographed standing shirtless inside the United States Senate chamber, wearing a horned hat with a painted face during the storming of the United States Capitol, was taken into custody on Saturday.

According to the United States Department of Justice, Jacob Anthony Chansley was “charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.”

The United States Department of Justice said, “It is alleged that Chansley was identified as the man seen in media coverage who entered the Capitol building dressed in horns, a bearskin headdress, red, white and blue face paint, shirtless, and tan pants. This individual carried a spear, approximately 6 feet in length, with an American flag tied just below the blade.

Adam Johnson, the man photographed smiling and waving while carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern during the storming of the United States Capitol, was arrested Friday night.

According to the United States Department of Justice, 36 year old Adam Johnson of Florida was “charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; one count of theft of government property; and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

The United States Department of Justice said, “It is alleged that on Jan. 6, 2021, Johnson illegally entered the United States Capitol and removed the Speaker of the House’s lectern from where it had been stored on the House side of the Capitol building. A search of open sources led law enforcement to Johnson, who is allegedly seen in a widely circulated photo inside the Capitol carrying the lectern.

Derrick Evans, who live streamed himself during the storming of the United States Capitol, was taken into custody Friday.

According to the United States Department of Justice, 35 year old Derrick Evans of West Virginia was “charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds.

The United States Department of Justice said, “It is alleged that on Jan. 6, 2021, Evans, a recently elected member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, streamed live to his Facebook page a video of himself joining and encouraging a crowd unlawfully entering the U.S. Capitol. In the video, Evans is allegedly seen crossing the threshold of the doorway into the U.S. Capitol and shouting, “We’re in, we’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!”

These cases are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the United States Capitol Police.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/three-men-charged-connection-events-us-capitol

Derrick Evans, an elected Republican member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, has recently announced that he has resigned from the West Virginia House of Delegates.

In a statement, Derrick Evans said, “The past few days have certainly been a difficult time for my family, colleagues and myself, so I feel it’s best at this point to resign my seat in the House and focus on my personal situation and those I love…I take full responsibility for my actions, and deeply regret any hurt, pain or embarrassment I may have caused my family, friends, constituents and fellow West Virginians. I hope this action I take today can remove any cloud of distraction from the state Legislature, so my colleagues can get to work in earnest building a brighter future for our state. And more importantly, I hope it helps to begin the healing process, so we can all move forward and come together as ‘One Nation, Under God.’”

  • Richard Barnett:

Richard Barnett, the man who was photographed sitting at a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office following the storming of the United States Capitol, was arrested on Friday.

According to the United States Department of Justice, 60 year old Richard Barnett of Gravette, Arkansas was “arrested today in Bentonville, Arkansas on multiple criminal charges related to his alleged unlawful activities earlier this week at the U.S. Capitol Building where he was photographed with his feet up on a desk in the Speaker of the House of Representatives’ office.”

Richard Barnett is in custody is expected to make his initial appearance Tuesday at 3pm (via zoom) in federal court in Fayetteville, and will ultimately be extradited to Washington, D.C.

The shocking images of Mr. Barnett with his boots up on a desk in the Speaker of the House’s office on Wednesday was repulsive. Those who are proven to have committed criminal acts during the storming of the Capitol will face justice,” said Jeffrey A. Rosen, Acting Attorney General of the United States.

According to court documents, “U.S. Capitol Police learned that an individual had entered the restricted office area of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and was photographed with his feet propped up on furniture. Those photos were circulated on numerous news media platforms which identified the individual as Barnett. A search of law enforcement databases confirmed that the individual in the news photographs did in fact appear to be Barnett.

This case is just one in a number that demonstrate the brazen acts that were committed at the Capitol on Wednesday. My Office is committed to prosecuting all individuals who participated in these abhorrent acts to the fullest extent of the law,” said Michael Sherwin, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

The U.S. Capitol is one of the most iconic buildings in our country and a symbol of the Constitution and people we have sworn to protect, and its destruction will not be tolerated. This arrest demonstrates to all individuals involved in January 6 incursion into the U.S. Capitol that the FBI will find you and hold you accountable for your crimes, no matter your location. We thank the FBI Little Rock Field Office for their quick assistance in bringing this perpetrator to justice,” said Steven M. D’Antuono, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office.

Richard Barnett is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and theft of public money, property, or records.

If convicted, Richard Barnett faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.

A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI’s Washington Field Office, with the assistance of the Justice Department’s National Security Division and the FBI’s Little Rock Field Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole McClain of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is prosecuting the case.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/man-arrested-illegally-entering-office-speaker-house

  • Eric Gavelek Munchel and Larry Rendell Brock:

Eric Gavelek Munchel, seen masked and carrying zip ties inside the Senate chamber, was arrested in Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday.

According to the United States Department of Justice, 30 year old Eric Gavelek Munchel was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

The United States Department of Justice said, “It is alleged that Munchel was inside of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Photos depicting his presence show a person who appears to be Munchel carrying plastic restraints, an item in a holster on his right hip, and a cell phone mounted on his chest with the camera facing outward, ostensibly to record events that day.”

Larry Rendell Brock, seen at the Capitol wearing tactical gear and carrying similar restraints, was arrested in Texas on Sunday.

According to the United States Department of Justice, Larry Rendell Brock was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

The United States Department of Justice said, “It is alleged that Brock was identified as one of the individuals who unlawfully entered the U.S. Capitol wearing a green helmet, green tactical vest with patches, black and camo jacket, and beige pants holding a white flex cuff, which is used by law enforcement to restrain and/or detain subjects.”

These cases are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the DOJ’s National Security Division, with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee.

These cases are being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the FBI’s Dallas Field Office, the FBI’s Memphis Field Office and the United States Capitol Police.

According to the Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/two-men-charged-connection-events-us-capitol

  • Cleveland Meredith:

According to the United States Department of Justice, Cleveland Meredith was “charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with making interstate threats to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The case are being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and are being investigated jointly by the FBI; U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; United States Marshals Service; U.S. Capitol Police Department; and the Metropolitan Police Department.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/thirteen-charged-federal-court-following-riot-united-states-capitol

  • Lonnie Coffman:

Lonnie Coffman was arrested, was being held and detention hearing is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2021.

According to the United States Department of Justice, Lonnie Coffman of Alabama was “charged on Jan. 7, 2021 with possession of an unregistered firearm (destructive device) and carrying a pistol without a license.

The United States Department of Justice said, “It is alleged that Coffman’s vehicle contained 11 explosive devices known as Molotov cocktails and firearms. It is further alleged he was in possession of two firearms.

The case are being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and are being investigated jointly by the FBI; U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; United States Marshals Service; U.S. Capitol Police Department; and the Metropolitan Police Department.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/thirteen-charged-federal-court-following-riot-united-states-capitol

  • Mark Leffingwell:

Mark Leffingwell was being held and had a detention hearing in district court on Friday.

According to the United States Department of Justice, Mark Leffingwell was “charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; assault on a federal law enforcement officer; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.”

The United States Department of Justice said, “Leffingwell allegedly entered the Senate side of the Capitol and when stopped by law enforcement, struck an officer in the helmet and chest.

The case are being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and are being investigated jointly by the FBI; U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; United States Marshals Service; U.S. Capitol Police Department; and the Metropolitan Police Department.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/thirteen-charged-federal-court-following-riot-united-states-capitol

  • Christopher Alberts:

Christopher Alberts appeared in district court, was released and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 28, 2021.

According to the United States Department of Justice, Christopher Alberts of Maryland was “charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with carrying or having readily accessible, on the grounds of the United States Capitol Building, a firearm and ammunition. Specifically a Taurus G2C, 9mm handgun and 9mm caliber ammunition.”

The case are being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and are being investigated jointly by the FBI; U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; United States Marshals Service; U.S. Capitol Police Department; and the Metropolitan Police Department.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/thirteen-charged-federal-court-following-riot-united-states-capitol

  • Joshua Pruitt:

Joshua Pruitt appeared in district court, was released and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 28, 2021.

According to the United States Department of Justice, Joshua Pruitt was “charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority.”

The case are being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and are being investigated jointly by the FBI; U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; United States Marshals Service; U.S. Capitol Police Department; and the Metropolitan Police Department.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/thirteen-charged-federal-court-following-riot-united-states-capitol

  • Matthew Council:

According to the United States Department of Justice, Matthew Council of Florida was “charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

The United States Department of Justice said, “Council allegedly unlawfully entered the Capitol building, and when stopped by law enforcement, he pushed the officer.

The case are being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and are being investigated jointly by the FBI; U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; United States Marshals Service; U.S. Capitol Police Department; and the Metropolitan Police Department.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/thirteen-charged-federal-court-following-riot-united-states-capitol

  • Cindy Fitchett:

According to the United States Department of Justice, Cindy Fitchett of Virginia was “charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; or knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

The case are being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and are being investigated jointly by the FBI; U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; United States Marshals Service; U.S. Capitol Police Department; and the Metropolitan Police Department.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/thirteen-charged-federal-court-following-riot-united-states-capitol

  • Michael Curzio:

According to the United States Department of Justice, Michael Curzio of Florida was “charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; or knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

The case are being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and are being investigated jointly by the FBI; U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; United States Marshals Service; U.S. Capitol Police Department; and the Metropolitan Police Department.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/thirteen-charged-federal-court-following-riot-united-states-capitol

  • Douglas Sweet:

According to the United States Department of Justice, Douglas Sweet of Florida was “charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; or knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

The case are being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and are being investigated jointly by the FBI; U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; United States Marshals Service; U.S. Capitol Police Department; and the Metropolitan Police Department.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/thirteen-charged-federal-court-following-riot-united-states-capitol

  • Bradley Ruskelas:

According to the United States Department of Justice, Bradley Ruskelas of Illinois was “charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; or knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

The case are being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and are being investigated jointly by the FBI; U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; United States Marshals Service; U.S. Capitol Police Department; and the Metropolitan Police Department.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/thirteen-charged-federal-court-following-riot-united-states-capitol

  • Terry Brown:

According to the United States Department of Justice, Terry Brown of Pennsylvania was “charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; or knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

The case are being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and are being investigated jointly by the FBI; U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; United States Marshals Service; U.S. Capitol Police Department; and the Metropolitan Police Department.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/thirteen-charged-federal-court-following-riot-united-states-capitol

  • Thomas Gallagher:

According to the United States Department of Justice, Thomas Gallagher was “charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; or knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

The case are being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and are being investigated jointly by the FBI; U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; United States Marshals Service; U.S. Capitol Police Department; and the Metropolitan Police Department.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

*** United States Department of Justice News Release: ***

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/thirteen-charged-federal-court-following-riot-united-states-capitol

At around 1:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021, hundreds of United States President Donald Trump supporters gathered in front and on the side of the United States Capitol following a large “Save America March” morning rally was held at the Ellipse where United States President Donald Trump spoke to his supporters, declaring he would “never concede” the election, criticizing the media and calling for Pence to overturn the election results.

As the crowd of people, with many waving flags ranging from “Don’t Tread on Me” flags and Trump flags, to the American flags and QAnon flags; and carried signs that read ‘Stop the Steal!’ at the rally dubbed the ‘Save America March,’ stood outside the steps of the United States Capitol, a mob of pro-Trump extremists began to clash with police officers, and pushed through barriers along the perimeter of the United States Capitol and sprayed police officers with chemical agents or hitting them with lead pipes.

Both chambers at the United States Capitol abruptly recessed and went into lock down as the mob were captured on cameras behaving like rioters; swarmed towards the news media, chased out reporters and destroyed equipment outside the United States Capitol; clashing with officers on the steps of the United States Capitol; climbing walls and breaking through doors of the entering the United States Capitol; and trashing and breaking stuff inside offices and stealing items from offices inside the United States Capitol.

At around 3:00 p.m. ET, the District of Columbia’s National Guard were called to help restore control. and

The Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia confirmed that 6 firearms were recovered and 2 pipe bombs were recovered during the storming of the United States Capitol.

The storming of the United States Capitol left five people dead, including 40 years old Brian D. Sicknick who was a 15-year veteran of the force who joined the United States Capitol Police in July 2008 and most recently served in the Department’s First Responder’s Unit, as well as a woman who was shot inside the the United States Capitol, and two men in their 50’s and a woman in her 30’s who died in separate medical emergencies.

According to District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee, at least 56 officers were injured, describing “a lot of valiant fighting” to perform their duties despite facing tear gas and other hazards.

District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee said one officer was “snatched into a crowd,” where he was beaten and tazed repeatedly.

Not yet known if there were any injuries to the public, either from those participating in the storming or those who were catch up in all of the chaos either attending the earlier rally or who live, work or visiting the area during the storming.

Authorities say that more arrests are expected as investigators scrutinize photographs, videos and social media posts to identify the rioters who stormed the United States Capitol last Wednesday.

In addition, approximately 40 individuals have been arrested and charged in Superior Court with offenses including, but not limited to, unlawful entry, curfew violations, and firearms-related crimes.

The ATF and FBI continue to urge the public to report suspected use of explosive devices, or violent, destructive acts associated with the recent unrest.

More information as well as all of the pictures and related Seeking Information posters can be found FBI website at: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/capitol-violence

Anyone with information can call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email ATFTips@atf.gov or submit information anonymously via ReportIt.com.

The FBI is looking for individuals who may have incited or promoted violence of any kind. Anyone with digital material or tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or submit images or videos at fbi.gov/USCapitol.

The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for help in identifying people involved in leaving pipe bombs in Washington, DC.

The FBI released a photo via social media of a person wearing a gray hooded jacket, black pants and black gloves, and carrying a large black item in his or her right hand. The agency did not state that the person in the photo is a suspect.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information regarding the storming of the United States Capitol by riot mob of pro-Trump extremists.

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