WASHINGTON, DC- Police arrested more Capitol rioters on Saturday, including a man who carried off the Speaker of the House, as more graphic details of the insurrection emerged, revealing the violence and brutality of the mob that stormed into a seat of American political power.
A bloodied officer was smashed into a screaming door in Wednesday’s siege, forcing lawmakers to hide for hours and halt their vote to claim President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Another officer fell over a railing into the crowd below after being struck from behind. Members of the media were cursed, pushed and beaten.
A large number 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. .
The shirtless troublemaker who was photographed storming the United States Capitol in a suit of horns and fur told the FBI that he arrived in Washington, DC on Wednesday “at the request of the president.”
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. 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.
The rioters seized the House and Senate chambers, smashed windows and waved Trump, United States and Confederate flags.
A Florida man accused of stealing with the Pelosi lectern during the chaos was arrested Friday night on a federal warrant and was being held without bail 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 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.