A host of photos and videos captured the riot, which left five dead. Many of the images were taken by the rioters themselves, few of whom were wearing masks that would have reduced not only their chances of contracting the coronavirus, but also their chances of being identified. Some tried hard to stand out.
Jacob Anthony Chansley, an Arizona man seen in mob photos and video with his face painted and wearing a costume that included a horned fur hat, was arrested Saturday and charged with charges including trespassing and disorderly conduct in the Capitol grounds. .
Chansley, better known as Jake Angeli, will remain in custody in Arizona pending a detention hearing to be scheduled during an initial court appearance early next week, Assistant United States Attorney Esther Winne told The Associated Press by email. Chansley did not immediately respond to email and phone messages.
Chansley, who had become a staple in his disguise in pro-Trump protests across the country, is now among dozens of people arrested in the wake of the Capitol invasion by a large crowd of Trump supporters enraged by his electoral defeat.
Rioters took over the House and Senate chambers, smashed windows and waved Trump, United States and Confederate flags.
A Florida man accused of stealing Pelosi’s lectern during the chaos was arrested Friday night on a federal warrant and was being held without bond Saturday in Pinellas County, Florida. Jail records do not show if Adam Johnson, 36, of Parrish, Florida, has an attorney.
Johnson was charged Saturday with robbery, trespassing and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds.
The married father of five was quickly identified on social media by local residents as the man in a photo smiling as he walked through the Capitol rotunda with the MS Pelosi lectern, The Bradenton Herald reported.
Johnson posted on social media that he was in Washington, DC, during Wednesday’s riots and included derogatory comments about the Black Lives Matter movement, according to The Bradenton Herald. These posts were subsequently removed or deleted.
As of Saturday, prosecutors had filed 17 cases in federal district court and another 40 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for a variety of crimes ranging from assaulting police officers to entering restricted areas of the U.S. Capitol. Stealing federal property and threatening lawmakers.
Prosecutors said other cases remained sealed, federal agents were searching for dozens more, and the US attorney in Washington promised Friday that “all options were on the table” for the charges, including possible sedition.
Other notable arrests in the Capitol invasion include:
– Doug Jensen, an Iowa man, was jailed early Saturday on federal charges, including burglary and disorderly conduct, for his alleged role in the Capitol riots. Jensen, 41, of Des Moines, was being held without bond at the Polk County Jail and the county sheriff. Ryan Evans said he did not know if Jensen had an attorney. Video posted online during the assault on the Capitol showed a man who appears to be Mr. Jensen, who is white, chasing a black officer down an interior flight of stairs as a crowd of people follow him several steps behind. At various points, the officer says “come back”, without success.
Capitol fenced off after a day of chaos
Derrick Evans, a West Virginia politician who posted videos online showing himself making his way inside the Capitol, was arrested Friday by the FBI at his home and charged with entering restricted federal property. Evans, who faced bipartisan calls for him to resign, submitted a resignation letter Saturday to West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and apologized for his actions. Evans faces charges of entering a restricted area of the United States Capitol after it was broadcast live entering the building with a horde of Trump supporters. In the videos, Mr. Evans is seen hitting a police officer with his fist and then circling the roundabout while yelling, “Our house!”