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Long arm of the law moving swiftly in US against rioters

 

Long arm of the law moving swiftly in US against rioters

Social media has made the FBI’s job easier in the wake of the Washington riot. As the FBI continues to round up dozens of the more prominent rioters from last Wednesdays’ siege of the US Capitol, they have released information that suggests the prospect for more deadly force could have been much worse. The agency has issued a $50,000 reward for the arrest of a man who police believe took pipe bombs into the Capitol area. Thirteen people have already been charged in the District of Columbia and more than 40 arrests have been made in other parts of the US as the FBI engages in a massive facial identification exercise from the thousands of hours of video footage at its disposal.

Perhaps the most visible of the rioters was 60-year old Richard Barnett of Arkansas whose image dominated media as he sat in House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office with his feet on the desk. He turned himself in to local authorities and will be extradited to DC to face charges.

In a release FBI stated, “U.S. Capitol Police learned that an individual had entered the restricted office area of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and was photographed with his feet propped up on furniture. Those photos were circulated on numerous news media platforms which identified the individual as Barnett. A search of law enforcement databases confirmed that the individual in the news photographs did in fact appear to be Barnett.”

“The shocking images of Mr. Barnett with his boots up on a desk in the Speaker of the House’s office on Wednesday was repulsive,” said Jeffrey A. Rosen, Acting Attorney General of the United States. “Those who are proven to have committed criminal acts during the storming of the Capitol will face justice.”

Some of the other persons charged include the man who brought 11 Molotov cocktails to the scene. Lonnie Coffman, of Alabama, was charged with possession of an unregistered firearm (destructive device) and carrying a pistol without a license. It is alleged that Coffman’s vehicle contained 11 explosive devices known as Molotov cocktails and firearms. It is further alleged he was in possession of two firearms. Coffman was arrested and is currently being held.

Police are looking for this man who they believe was trying to get pipe bombs into the US Capitol

Mark Leffingwell, was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; assault on a federal law enforcement officer; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Leffingwell allegedly entered the Senate side of the Capitol and when stopped by law enforcement, struck an officer in the helmet and chest.

Christopher Alberts, of Maryland, was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with carrying or having readily accessible, on the grounds of the United States Capitol Building, a firearm and ammunition. Specifically a Taurus G2C, 9mm handgun and 9mm caliber ammunition. The defendant appeared in district court and was released. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 28, 2021.

Michael Curzio, of Florida, was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; or knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Several others were charged with “with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; or knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.”

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