- Chansley was detained on Saturday, two days after contacting the FBI to speak voluntarily with the authorities. A resident of the state of Arizona
- Another detained participant was Adam Johnson, who was photographed carrying the pulpit of President of the House of Representatives, Democratic MP Nancy Pelosi, after the Capitol attack.
- A third suspect arrested was Derrick Evans, 35, recently elected a member of the West Virginia State House of Representatives. Prosecutors said he shared a live video of the invasion on his Facebook page.
American security officials have since opened a series of criminal cases against those who forcefully invaded the Capitol as congress ratified the Electoral College. As of Saturday, more than 90 people had been arrested over the incident that literally shocked the world.
Among the arrested suspects are two men whose images went viral in the world press over the barbaric attack. One of them is Jacob Chansley, who wore a helmet with horns and animal skin and carried a spear during the invasion of the Capitol.
Chansley, a follower of the right-wing conspiracy theory QAnon, was formally accused of “intentionally entering or staying in a restricted building or land without legal authority, and of violent entry and disorderly conduct in the Capitol area”.
Chansley was detained on Saturday, two days after contacting the FBI to speak voluntarily with the authorities. A resident of the state of Arizona, he will remain in custody in his state pending a hearing on his arrest.
As per a statement from the US Department of Justice, Chansley said he went as part of a group effort with other ‘patriots’ in Arizona, at the request of President for all ‘patriots’ to come to Washington on January 6, 2021.
Another detained participant was Adam Johnson, who was photographed carrying the pulpit of The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democratic Nancy Pelosi, after the Capitol attack.
Florida law enforcement officials said Johnson, 36, was detained in the state on Friday, without bail, on the basis of a federal arrest warrant.
Johnson was also formally charged on Saturday for crimes including theft of government property, violent entry, and disorderly conduct in the Capitol area.
A third suspect arrested was Derrick Evans, 35, recently elected a member of the West Virginia State House of Representatives. Prosecutors said he shared a live video of the invasion on his Facebook page.
“We’re in, we’re in! Derrick Evans is on Capitol Hill!” he says in the images, as he crosses the doors of the US Congress building.
After pressure from colleagues to resign, the Republican state deputy sent a letter of resignation to the state governor on Saturday.
“I take full responsibility for my actions, and deeply regret any hurt, pain or embarrassment I may have caused my family, friends, constituents and fellow West Virginians,” said Evans in a statement. ” I hope it helps to begin the healing process, so we can all move forward and come together as ‘One Nation, Under God.’”
Dozens of Charges
As of Saturday, prosecutors had filed at least 17 criminal cases in the federal district court and another 40 in the District Court of Columbia for a series of crimes, ranging from assaulting police officers to entering restricted areas of the Capitol, theft of federal property, and threats to legislators.
Prosecutors said other cases remain under wraps, while dozens of others involved in the invasion of Congress continue to be sought by authorities.
Some have blamed the President, Donald Trump, who had on several occasions reiterated that the US November elections were a a result of wide spread fraud. His supporters were clearly frustrated. Trump condemned the rioting and called for supporters to go home. He said that we must have law and order.
The protestors stormed the capital on Wednesday, interrupting a session of Congress aimed at certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the election. The violent attack resulted in at least five deaths and was widely condemned by leaders from all over the globe.
The session, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, later resumed and concluded overnight, with the announcement of the final result.