What we know about the riot arrests on the Capitol
America watched like hordes of riotersJanuary 6 – smash windows, climb stairs and send lawmakers and law enforcement agencies running for their lives. The flood of demonstrators who poured into the Capitol that day left federal authorities with an equally immense task: to find and indict those responsible.
The Justice Department told CBS News as of May 6, about 440 defendants have been arrested since the attack. The government has said in court documents that in addition to the more than 400 people who have already been charged, federal prosecutors still expect to charge at least 100 more.
Prosecutors called the case “unprecedented” in scope, and the government said in a March court filing that the attack on Capitol Hill “is possibly the most complex investigation ever conducted by the Justice Department.” .
As law enforcement continues to round up suspected rioters, here’s what CBS News has learned about those arrested:
How many have been charged?
About 440 defendants have been arrested as part of the federal investigation, the Justice Department said on May 6, and CBS News has reviewed court documents for 422 cases that were unsealed. Of these, at least 174 defendants were also indicted by grand juries.
How many served in the army?
At least 47 of those arrested are current or former military personnel. From these,is an active duty member, four are part-time troops in the Army Reserve or National Guard, and 42 previously served in the military, according to legal statements, military service records and court documents obtained by CBS News.
At least 21 served in the US Marines, 16 served in the Army, two served in the Navy, and two served in the Air Force. One of the defendants, Jeffrey McKellop, was a communications sergeant with the Army’s Special Forces, a group known as the Green Berets.
The Army Reserve shared the following statement with CBS News: “The US Army Reserve takes seriously all allegations of the involvement of soldiers or civilians in extremist groups and will address this matter in accordance with the regulations of the army and the Uniform Code of Military Justice to ensure due process. Extremist ideologies and activities directly oppose our values and beliefs and those who subscribe to extremism have no place in our ranks. “
How many worked in law enforcement?
At least 10 of those arrested were either former police officers or were employed as law enforcement officers at the time of the riot, according to court documents and employment records. Prosecutors also indicted a current fireman and a firefighter.
Of the five police officers employed at the time of the riot, four have since lost their jobs. An officer from the Township of North Cornwall, Pennsylvania, was suspended without pay after being charged, among other offenses, with obstructing law enforcement during civil unrest. Houston Police Officer Tam Dinh Pham and Monmouth County Correctional Police Officer Marissa suarez both resigned after their arrest, and two were fired after prosecutors indicted them for their alleged conduct on Capitol Hill.
Prosecutors arrested two former officers from the New York Police Department: Thomas webster, who is accused of attacking a Capitol Police officer with a flag pole, and Sara Carpenter, whose arrest, an NYPD spokesperson said, was the culmination of the NYPD’s close work with the task force joint FBI on terrorism.
Nicholes Lentz – who according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is a former North Miami Beach and Fort Pierce Police Department officer – was indicted after posting videos of inside the Capitol. In a video he said: “We’re not here to hurt cops of course. I love my boys in blue, but it’s overwhelming for them.”
What crimes have they been charged with?
More than 125 defendants have been charged with assaulting, resisting or obstructing officers or employees, and at least 35 of them have been charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon, the ministry said. Justice. About 140 officers were assaulted in the attack, according to a spokesperson for the Department of Justice.
More than 350 have been accused of entering or staying in a building or restricted land, and more than 35 have been accused of entering the Capitol with a dangerous or deadly weapon, the spokesperson said.
The government said in a March court filing that while most of the cases brought so far have been against individuals, prosecutors are also investigating conspiracy activity before and during the attack. So far, around 30 people have been charged with, a charge that alleges they coordinated with others to commit an offense, the Justice Department said.
More than 25 defendants have been charged under a law relating to the destruction of government property. During the procedure forAmong these defendants, the government said their crimes amounted to “terrorism” – an allegation which is not in itself a charge but which could influence prison terms if found guilty.
How many leads are followed?
The FBI is search list.for suspects accused of attacks on officers and members of the media, and continues to seek public assistance in identifying rioters on his
FBI Director Christopher Wray said in March that citizens across the country had sent the FBI more than 270,000 tips on digital media. Wray said: “With their help, we have identified hundreds of suspects and initiated hundreds of investigations in all but one of our 56 field offices.”
The government said it had issued a combined total of more than 900 search warrants and the investigation included more than 15,000 hours of surveillance and body-worn camera footage from several law enforcement agencies. The government has also assembled around 1,600 electronic devices, the results of hundreds of searches for electronic communications providers, more than 80,000 reports and 93,000 attachments related to law enforcement interviews and other steps. investigation, the authorities said in a file.
Where do they come from?
The suspected rioters are from at least 45 states outside of Washington, DC. Among those arrested with known home states, most were from Texas, with at least 43 Texans charged to date. Pennsylvania and New York each have at least 36 arrested residents, and Florida 35.
How many have extremist affiliations?
Authorities have linked at least 59 suspected rioters with extremist groups, including the, , , Texas Freedom Force and the Conspiracy Ideology .
How many were women?
While those arrested in the Jan.6 mob were mostly men, at least 50 women were also arrested for their alleged involvement.
How old are these arrested people?
Among the 128 accused whose age is known, the average age is 42 years. FIGHT! ”
The oldest is Gary Wickersham, who his lawyer says is an 80-year-old army veteran. Authorities said Wickersham walked through the Capitol during the siege and later told authorities he believed he was allowed in because he was paying his taxes.
Recent updates on notable cases
Another alleged member of the Oath Keepers wasin connection with the Capitol riot, according to unsealed court documents Thursday. Although James Breheny, 61, has not been charged with coordinating with other members of the group, prosecutors say he invited the leader of the Oath Keepers to a planning meeting before the attack.
The House voted on Wednesday forlegislation to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan.6 attack, despite opposition from some Republicans who oppose the proposed structure and scope of the panel. A obtained by CBS News claiming to represent the views of 40 to 50 U.S. Capitol police officers condemned Republican leaders in Congress for their lack of support for this commission.
The FBI releasedshowing two suspects using metal punches and a police baton to beat officers, noting that authorities were seeking the public’s help in identifying the attackers.
Plea negotiations are underway in some cases of rioting on Capitol Hill, but deals have been made.by the magnitude of the evidence in the massive investigation.
An active duty Marine wasfor allegedly pushing an officer during the Capitol Riot. Christopher Warnagiris, a 40-year-old naval major who was stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia, is the first known active duty member charged in the riot investigation.
Paulina Smolinski contributed to this report.