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The Hundred-Plus January 6 Defendants Accused of Assault

Yesterday, Merrick Garland marked two milestones in the January 6 investigation: 500 arrests, of which 100 were for assaulting police.

The Department of Justice reached several benchmarks in our investigation into the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.

We have now crossed the threshold of 500 arrests, including the 100th arrest of a defendant on charges of assaulting a federal law enforcement officer. This morning, we arrested our first defendant on charges that include assaulting a member of the news media.

I could not be more proud of the extraordinary effort by investigators and prosecutors to hold accountable those who engaged in criminal acts that day. Particular credit goes to those serving as prosecutors and agents in Washington, D.C., as well as those in FBI field offices and U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country, and with the Department’s National Security Division.

Our efforts to bring criminal charges are not possible without the continued assistance of the American public. To date, we have received their more than 200,000 digital tips.

I assure the American people that the Department of Justice will continue to follow the facts in this case and charge what the evidence supports to hold all January 6th perpetrators accountable.

I’ve been tracking the charged assaults (and a few related crimes). Here’s my list, which includes several people who really resisted arrest (but got charged under 18 USC 111). Note this list also tracks how the FBI identified the defendant, which shows that FBI has been relying on “Be On the Lookout” photos to identify assailants. As of right now, all these defendants have pled NOT guilty and are assumed innocent. [fixed typo]

As you read this list, keep in mind that FBI has released 410 BOLOs, most for assault, and well over 200 of those people remain at large. And of course, the FBI has not yet apprehended the pipe bomber.

  1. Daniel Page Adams, whose arrest affidavit describes engaging in a “direct struggle with [unnamed] law enforcement officers” (his cousin, Cody Connell, described the exchange as a “civil war”). Tip SM
  2. Zachary Alam, who pushed cops around as he was trying to break into the Speaker’s Lobby. BOLO 79
  3. Michael Alberts, who was arrested for gun possession the day of the riot but who had an assault charge added in a superseding indictment
  4. Wilmar Alvarado, who pushed cops in the mob trying to get in from the West Terrace. BOLO 65
  5. John Anderson, who after taking two riot shields from cops, needed their assistance after getting maced.
  6. Thomas Ballard, who used a police baton and threw a table in the Lower West Terrace. BOLO 325
  7. Logan Barnhart, who pulled one of the cops out of the Capitol.
  8. Craig Bingert, who allegedly helped shove cops with a barricade. BOLO 105
  9. Brian Glenn Bingham, who scuffled with two cops after Ashli Babbitt got shot. BOLO 93
  10. David Blair, who poked a cop with a lacrosse stick with a Confederate flag attached. Onsite arrest
  11. Michael Brock, who hit two cops with a four-foot rod. BOLO 319
  12. Nicholas James Brockhoff, who sprayed a fire extinguisher from the Terrace at cops. BOLO 255
  13. Benjamin Burlew, who participated in a 6-person assault on an AP journalist.
  14. Jamie Buteau, whom surveillance video showed throwing chairs at cops several times in the Capitol. (BOLO 188)
  15. Alan Byerly, who allegedly beat up a cop and then beat up an AP cameraman. BOLO 193
  16. Daniel Caldwell, who was filmed macing 15 cops. SM
  17. Steven Cappuccio, who pulled Daniel Hodge’s gas mask and beat him with his own baton. BOLO 123
  18. Matthew Caspel, who was filmed charging the National Guard. Tip SM
  19. William Chrestman, who is accused of threatening a cop as Proud Boys pushed their way past the original line of defense (charged with 18 USC 115). NM
  20. Reed Christensen, who was videotaped swinging at cops. BOLO and video 191
  21. Luke Coffee, who was videotaped beating several cops with a crutch. Tip SM and BOLO 108
  22. Cody Connell, who with his cousin was in a direct confrontation with cops. Tip SM
  23. Lance Copeland, who admitted to fighting with cops on the barricades.
  24. Matthew Council, who was arresting for shoving cops the day of the riot.
  25. Kevin Creek, who was filmed hitting and kicking officers on the West Terrace. BOLO 296
  26. Bruno Cua, who was filmed shoving a cop to be able to get into the Senate. Tip LE
  27. Matthew DaSilva, who fought over shields with cops in the Lower West Terrace. BOLO 230
  28. James Davis, the Proud Boy with a big stick who charged some cops.
  29. Nathan DeGrave, whom security cameras caught threatening to fight cops. Network Sandlin
  30. David Dempsey, a Proud Boy with a history of assaulting anti-Trump protestors who used a crutch to assault police in the Tunnel. Sedition Hunters
  31. Josh Doolin, who is part of Johnny Pollack’s cell that assaulted multiple cops. Network Pollack
  32. Michael Eckerman, who pushed an officer down a small flight of stairs, thereby opening a new hallyway. Tip anon
  33. Daniel Egdvedt, a large man who took swipes and grabbed at several officers as they tried to remove him from the Capitol. BOLO 76
  34. Scott Fairlamb, who was caught in multiple videos shoving and punching officers (one who whom is identified but not named); Cori Bush has said she was threatened by him last summer. Tips, including SM
  35. Joseph Fischer, a cop who got in a tussle with another cop. Tip SM
  36. Kyle Fitzsimons, who charged officers guarding the doorway of the Capitol. BOLO 139
  37. Michael Foy, a former Marine who was caught on multiple videos beating multiple cops with a hockey stick. Tip SM
  38. Kevin Galetto, who allegedly knocked an MPD officer to the ground in the Tunnel. BOLO 146
  39. Robert Giswein, who appears to have ties to the Proud Boys and used a bat to beat cops. NM
  40. Vitali Gossjankowski, who was interviewed about whether he had tased MPD officer Michael Fanone, causing a heart attack; instead he was charged with assaulting CPD officer MM. BOLO 98 — with a second one mentioned
  41. Daniel Gray, who got into several confrontations with officers inside the Capitol, including knocking down a female cop. Tip SM
  42. Brian Gunderson, charged with assault while committing a felony on a superseding.
  43. Alex Harkrider, who after being filmed fighting with police at the door of the Capitol, posted a picture with a crowbar labeled, “weapon;” he was charged with abetting Ryan Nichols’ assault. Tip SM
  44. Richard Harris, who assaulted a journalist in Oregon weeks before threatening cops, Nancy Pelosi, and Mike Pence during the riot.
  45. Uliyahu Hayah, who was in the vicinity of Ashli Babbitt’s death and shoved a cop on his way out. NM
  46. Albuquerque Cosper Head, accused of assaulting Michael Fanone.
  47. Dillon Herrington, who threw a 4X4 at cops, then threw a barrier. Sedition Hunters picture
  48. Joseph Hutchison, who is part of Johnny Pollack’s group, but who was caught via his own BOLO. BOLO 320
  49. Emanuel Jackson, whom videos caught punching one officer, and others show beating multiple officers with a metal baseball bat. BOLO 31
  50. Shane Jenkins, alleged to have used a crowbar to break in a window, later threw things including a pole, a desk drawer, and a flagpole at cops.
  51. Douglas Jensen, the QAnon who chased Officer Goodman up the stairs, got charged with resisting him. NM, BOLO 10
  52. Taylor Johnatakis, charged with 111.
  53. Paul Johnson, who carried a bullhorn and was in the initial assault from the west side with Ryan Samsel. BOLO 49
  54. David Judd, who threw a firecracker at cops in the tunnel. Tip and BOLO 137
  55. Julian Elie Khater, who allegedly sprayed Brian Sicknick and two others with very powerful bear spray. BOLO 190
  56. Freddie Klein, the State Department employee who fought with three different officers while trying to break through police lines. BOLO 136
  57. Edward Jacob Lang, who identified himself in a screen cap of a violent mob attacking cops and who was filmed slamming a riot shield into police and later fighting them with a red baseball bat. Tip SM
  58. Nicholas Languerand, accused of throwing a bollard, a can of pepper spray, and a stick at cops in the Lower West Tunnel.
  59. Samuel Lazar, who was caught on video spraying chemicals and cops and claimed to be the tip of the spear.
  60. Mark Jefferson Leffingwell, whom a Capitol Police officer described in an affidavit punching him. Onsite arrest
  61. Joshua Lollar, who described fighting cops and was caught in pictures showing himself in the front lines confronting cops. Tip SM
  62. Michael Lopatic, who allegedly assaulted some cops with Stager and Sabol, then took a BWC to hide the assault. BOLO 133
  63. Clifford Mackrell, who attempted to strip an officer’s gas mask after someone else sprayed bear spray. BOLO 124
  64. Logan McAbee, who was part of a gang assault on a cop pulled out of the Capitol.
  65. Patrick Edward McCaughey III, who was filmed crushing MPD Officer Daniel Hodges in one of the doors to the Capitol. BOLO 62
  66. James McGrew, who shoved some cops in the Rotunda then bared his King James belly tattoo, Tip Network
  67. Sean McHugh, accused of spraying some yellow substance at cops and using a sign as a battering ram, BOLO 59
  68. Jeffrey McKellop, a former Special Forces guy accused of assaulting 4 cops, including one by using a flagpole as a spear. BOLO 215
  69. David Mehaffie, who directed the assaults in the Tunnel
  70. Jonathan Mellis, who used some kind of stick to try to jab and beat police. Tip SM
  71. Jalise Middleton
  72. Mark Middleton, the Middletons fought the cops outside the West entrance to the Capitol. BWC
  73. Garret Miller, who pushed back at cops and then threatened both AOC and the cop who killed Ashli Babbit. Tip LE
  74. Matthew Ryan Miller, who released fire extinguisher in close quarters. Tip SM
  75. Jordan Mink, who used a pole to assault the police.
  76. Brian Mock, who kicked a cop when he was down and bragged about it. BOLO and Tip SM
  77. Patrick Montgomery was charged with assault against MPD officer DJ in a follow-up indictment.
  78. Robert Morss, who in addition to tussling with a cop, was a key organizer of shield walls in the Tunnel. BOLO 147
  79. Aaron Mostofsky, possibly for stripping a cop of his or her armored vest and riot shield. NM
  80. Clayton Mullins, alleged to be part of the mob that assaulted AW and two other police. Tip
  81. Jonathan Munafo, alleged to have fought with cops in two different locations, including punching one in the Lower West Terrace. (BOLO and video 170)
  82. Ryan Nichols, who was filmed wielding a crowbar and yelling, “This is not a peaceful protest,” then spraying pepper spray against police trying to prevent entry to the Capitol. Tip SM
  83. Grady Owens, who allegedly hit a cop in the head on the Mall with a skateboard, as he was heading to reinforce the Capitol. BOLO 109
  84. Jason Owens, accused of assaulting a second officer after his son attacked one with a skateboard. Network Owens
  85. Jose Padilla, who shoved cops at a barricade, then helped use a Donald Trump sign as a battering ram against them. Tip SM
  86. Robert Palmer, who sprayed cops with a fire extinguisher then threw it at them.
  87. Michael Perkins, who is part of the Pollack group. Network Pollack
  88. Dominic Pezzola, a Proud Boy who stole a shield from cops. NM and BOLO 43
  89. Johnny Pollack, who serially assaulted cops and then went on the lam. BOLO 144
  90. Olivia Pollack, Johnny’s sister who also allegedly punched a cop. Pollack network
  91. Mark Ponder, filmed repeatedly attacking cops with poles.
  92. Christopher Quaglin, accused of assaulting cops both at the initial breach of the barriers and later in the Lower West Terrace.
  93. Stephen Chase Randolph, who shoved cops at the initial barricade and later bragged about a female cop’s head bouncing off the pavement. BOLO 168
  94. Daniel Rodriguez, whom videos appear to show tasing Michael Fanone. Sedition Hunter-based reporting
  95. Edward Rodriguez, who sprayed pepper spray at cops while wearing a suit. Sedition Hunter-based reporting
  96. Greg Rubeacker, Tip SM
  97. Jeffrey Sabol, helped drag a cop from the Capitol and beat him while prone. LE arrest (erratic driving)
  98. Ryan Samsel, who set off the riot by giving a cop a concussion; he appears to have coordinated with Joe Biggs. BOLO 51 (though not IDed by BOLO)
  99. Salvador Sandoval, Jr, who went to the insurrection with his mother and shoved some cops.
  100. Robert Sanford, who was filmed hitting Capitol Police Officer William Young on the head with a fire extinguisher. Tip NM
  101. Ronald Sandlin, who tried to wrestle cops to keep the door to the Senate open. MPD tip
  102. Troy Sargent, who appears to have punched some cops holding a line. Tip SM
  103. Peter Schwartz, a felon who maced several cops. Tip NM (BOLO 120)
  104. Dan Scott, AKA Milkshake, who shoved some cops in the initial assault. Network.
  105. Christian Secor, a UCLA self-described fascist who helped shove through some cops to break into the Capitol and then sat in the Senate chamber. Tip NM
  106. DJ Shalvey. The details of the assault charged against Shalvey are not public, but he did get charged for lying about it to the FBI.
  107. Barton Wade Shively, who pushed and shoved some police trying to get into the Capitol, punched another, then struck one of those same cops later and kicked another. BOLO 55
  108. Thomas Sibick, accused of being among a group of men who attacked Michael Fanone and stole his badge.
  109. Geoffrey Sills, alleged to have used both a pole and a baton in several assaults on cops in the tunnel.
  110. Audrey Southard-Rumsey, the talented singer deemed one of the main agitators in the Statuary Hall Connector. Tip SM
  111. Peter Francis Stager, who was involved in beating a prone cop with a flagpole. Tip SM
  112. Ezekial Stecher, whom videos showed pushing in the Lower West Tunnel.
  113. Tristan Stevens, who fought cops with a shield and baton. Video
  114. Isaac Sturgeon, who is accused of using a barricade to attack some officers.
  115. Andrew Taake, who is accused to have used a metal whip and pepper spray against the cops. Tip SM
  116. George Pierre Tanios, who allegedly conspired with Julian Khater to attack Brian Sicknick and two other cops. BOLO 254
  117. Kenneth Joseph Owen Thomas, who organized a MAGA Caravan from AL and then selfied himself attacking cops. BOLO 214
  118. Christopher Warnagiris, the Marine Major who fought to keep the East door open. BOLO 241
  119. Thomas Webster, who attacked a cop with a flagpole. BOLO 145
  120. Wade Whitten, accused of dragging AW down the steps of the Capitol and hitting him with a crutch. BOLO 130
  121. Ricky Willden, who allegedly sprayed cops with a chemical.
  122. Duke Wilson, accused of assaulting several officers in the Lower West Tunnel. BOLO 87
  123. Jason Woods, who allegedly used the same tripping attack on a female cop and a cameraman. BOLO 238
  124. Christopher Worrell, a Proud Boy who apparently sprayed pepper spray at a line of police.
  125. Kyle Young, accused of attacking Michael Fanone and another officer, and stealing Fanone’s weapon.

86 Minutes: Two Arrests Thwarted and Three Cops Disabled by “Bear Shit”

In the 86 minutes after the Capitol Police first asked for help from the National Guard on January 6, police had to drop two arrests of violent rioters, and three cops — including Brian Sicknick — were temporarily disabled after being sprayed with “bear shit.”

At 1:49 on January 6, Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund asked the Commander of the DC National Guard, General William Walker, for urgent help pushing back the riot attacking the Capitol. According to Walker’s testimony, he loaded Guardsmen onto busses to be able to respond as soon as he got authority, but that approval was not granted and communicated to him for over three hours. Walker testified that he could have reinforced the Capitol within 15 minutes, and indeed, once DOD granted approval, according to Walker’s testimony the Guard arrived within 20 minutes (DOD says it took almost 40 minutes).

At 1:49pm I received a frantic call from then Chief of U.S. Capitol Police, Steven Sund, where he informed me that the security perimeter at the Capitol had been breached by hostile rioters. Chief Sund, his voice cracking with emotion, indicated that there was a dire emergency on Capitol Hill and requested the immediate assistance of as many Guardsmen as I could muster.

Immediately after the 1:49pm call with Chief Sund, I alerted the Army Senior Leadership of the request. The approval for Chief Sund’s request would eventually come from the Acting Secretary of Defense and be relayed to me by Army Senior Leaders at 5:08pm – 3 hours and 19 minutes later. We already had Guardsmen on buses ready to move to the Capitol. Consequently, at 5:20pm (in under 20 minutes) the District of Columbia National Guard arrived at the Capitol.

Had DOD worked the way they had in the past then, the Capitol Police might have had reinforcements from the Guard at the Capitol by around 2:10 PM.

About five minutes after the time General Walker says the Guard could have arrived, around 2:15, Hunter Ehmke allegedly started trying to punch through a window from a ledge outside the Rotunda.

Officer Fluke observed Ehmke pointing towards the window, followed by looking at the crowd to his south and waving his hand as if to summon others over to his position. Ehmke repeated the sequence of gestures again. Officer Fluke shouted out, “They’re going to break the window” during this time in hopes to bring attention from fellow officers.

An officer who saw what Ehmke was doing looked at the hundreds of rioters he was trying to repel then back towards Ehmke, only to see that Ehmke had punched the window and broken it.

Officer Fluke looked east to focus back on the crowd pushing on the shields and gave orders for the growing crowd to get back. Officer Fluke turned to look north again and observed Ehmke with a balled fist, pulling his arm back and twisting his upper body. Ehmke then swung forward striking a pane of the window about shoulder level of Ehmke. Officer Fluke began to run toward Ehmke while continuing to hold his shield in both hands.

Officer Fluke managed to knock Ehmke down and two other officers came to help arrest him. Others attempted to set up a perimeter to protect the now-broken window and create space for an arrest. But as confrontations elsewhere grew more urgent and a crowd started demanding that the cops let Ehmke go, police released him and told him not to come back.

As the officers discussed an action plan, the disturbance caused individuals of the crowd facing the Rotunda doors to divert their attention towards the approximately 10 officers in the northwest corner of the landing. Individuals in the throng began to show aggression by pointing fingers and shouting obscenities. One unidentified individual threatened Officer Fluke and the other officers, stating “you’re not leaving with him”, while pointing in the direction of Officer Fluke and Ehmke. Due to the growing aggression of the large crowd that far outnumbered the officers and the exigent circumstances at the time, officers made the decision to allow Ehmke depart under his own power.

Eight minutes after the confrontation with Ehmke began, at 2:23, Julian Khater and others were wrestling with police over a set of bike rack barriers. Khater appears to have sprayed what he had called, “bear shit” towards the cops. Three cops, including Brian Sicnick, withdrew from their position. All three took at least 20 minutes recovering from the toxic spray before they could return to the fight against the insurrectionists.

Officer Chapman’s BWC shows that at 2:23 p.m., the rioters begin pulling on a bike rack to Chapman’s left, using ropes and their hands to pull the rack away. Seconds later, KHATER is observed with his right arm up high in the air, appearing to be holding a canister in his right hand and aiming it in the officers’ direction while moving his right arm from side to side. Officer Chapman’s BWC confirms that KHATER was standing only five to eight feet away from the officers.

[snip]

In reviewing the surveillance footage and BWC video, your affiant observes that Officers Sicknick, Edwards and Chapman, who are standing within a few feet of KHATER, all react, one by one, to something striking them in the face. The officers immediately retreat from the line, bring their hands to their faces and rush to find water to wash out their eyes, as described in further detail below and as captured in the following screen shots.

While Sicknick returned to his work, that spray may have contributed to his death.

About eight minutes after Khater sprayed Sicknick and two others, starting at 2:31, Mark Ponder appears on camera beating an officer’s shield with a pole. After he broke that pole, he found another more substantial one.

Moments later, shortly before 2:32 p.m. PONDER reemerges from the crowd holding another long pole. This second pole appears to be thicker than the first pole and is colored with red, white, and blue stripes.

17 minutes after Ponder first grabbed the pole, at 2:49, he started swinging it more aggressively at individual cops, striking one.

As PONDER swings the pole in the direction of the officers, he struck Officer #3 once in the left shoulder.

Officer 3 and others tackled Ponder and started moving to arrest him. They found his ID at 3:03, but Ponder apparently lied about where he currently lived. By 3:15 — 86 minutes after Sund first requested assistance — the officers learn there’s no transport available to complete the arrest of Ponder at that time. So, as happened with Ehmke less than an hour earlier, the cops let him go, instructing him not to come back.

Ponder remained at the riot for almost two more hours.

At 4:32, according to DOD’s timeline, Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller approved a deployment of the Guard to help at the Capitol. General Walker didn’t receive that order for another 30 minutes. Sometime between 5:20 (per Walker) and 5:40 (per DOD), the Guard arrived at the Capitol and started to help.

That is, in the first 86 minutes of the three hour period between when Sund asked for help and the Guard showed up, police moved to arrest two violent insurrectionists, only to be forced to let them go, and (as NYT had noted in a story some time ago), Brian Sicknick was sprayed with a toxic substance that may have led to his death.

It took 70 days for the FBI to track Ponder down after he was first released, and almost as long — 67 days — to arrest Julian Khater (likely delaying efforts to identify of the substance used against Sicknick in the process). Part of that delay must be attributed to the three hours it took DOD to provide relief to the Capitol Police.