Man in horned costume taken into custody
Two men recorded in now notorious images from the Jan. 6 riot in Washington were charged in federal court Saturday for violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Federal officials said one of the men, 36-year-old Adam Johnson, of Florida, removed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s lectern from its storage spot and was photographed carrying it through the Capitol building.
Mr. Johnson couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. A woman who was walking out of the garage at Mr. Johnson’s house Friday said he didn’t live there and declined to answer further questions, although neighbors confirmed he lived at that address. Mr. Johnson’s wife didn’t respond to a message left at her office Thursday.
Rioters wearing Trump paraphernalia breached the Capitol building Wednesday as lawmakers met to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win. Just prior, President Trump had spoken to supporters at an event near the White House and urged them to go to the Capitol.
Florida resident Allan Mestel said he recognized Mr. Johnson from around town and reported him to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Thursday.
“To see that smug grin on his face as he looted the Capitol, I was enraged,” said Mr. Mestel, a documentary photographer who said he opposes President Trump’s administration. “I am delighted he was arrested.”
Mr. Mestel said two special agents called him the following morning to follow up on his tip. Records show Mr. Johnson was booked in the Pinellas County Jail Friday night.
Federal officials said in a news release that “a search of open sources led law enforcement to Johnson.” He was charged with knowingly and unlawfully entering a restricted building, theft of government property and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Federal officials also charged Jacob Anthony Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, and said he was taken into custody Saturday. Mr. Chansley allegedly was photographed entering the Capitol building shirtless with red, white and blue face paint while wearing a bearskin headdress with horns and carrying a six-foot-long spear with an American flag tied below the blade.
Mr. Chansley, who is from Arizona, was charged with knowingly and unlawfully entering a restricted building as well as violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. He was taken into custody Saturday, according to the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney’s Office.
According to court documents, Mr. Chansley called the FBI on Thursday to confirm his identity and said he traveled to Washington with other “patriots” from Arizona. He couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
Derrick Evans, a newly elected Republican in the West Virginia House of Delegates, was also charged Saturday with knowingly and unlawfully entering a restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Mr. Evans, 35, allegedly live-streamed a video of himself entering the U.S. Capitol building along with other rioters and shouting, “We’re in, we’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!”
Mr. Evans didn’t immediately return a request for comment. He was taken into custody Friday, according to federal officials.
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