US Capitol riot: ‘Shaman in horns’ among dozens charged after 5 die during violence

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Dozens of people have been charged follow the US Capitol riots that shamed America and left five people dead.

Among the FBI arrests were two rioters whose images had gone viral on social media, including one man picture wearing horns, facepaint and a fur pelt.

Jacob Anthony Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, turned himself in to police after calling the FBI's Washington office on Thursday.

He told authorities "he came as part of a group effort with other 'patriots' from Arizona, at the request of the President that all 'patriots' should come to Washington DC on January 6.

Before his arrest Chansley gloated about how the crowd infiltrated the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to flee, NBC reported.

Jacob Chansley drew a lot of attention with his horned hat and 'shaman outfit' during the violence in Washington
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"The fact that we had a bunch of traitors in office, hunkered down, put on gas masks and retreat to their underground bunker, I consider that a win," he told NBC News.

Like many extreme Trump supporters he considers anyone who doesn't agree with the President's false claims the election was stolen as "traitors" to their country.

Now Chansley faces several federal charges including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Media reports said Chansley had often been seen at rallies supporting Trump and backed the QAnon conspiracy theory. 

Federal agents also arrested Adam Christian Johnson, whose photo as he smiled and waved as he carried off House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi's lectern also went viral.

Richard Barnett sits at the desk of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the riot
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Richard Barnett after his arrest, one of more than a dozen people facing serious charges
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Johnson had streamed live video on Facebook of himself as he walked the halls of the Capitol, according to the Tampa Bay Times.  The video has been removed from online platforms and all of Johnson's pages have been taken down.

Another man arrested in connection with the events at the Capitol and threats to lawmakers told FBI agents he arrived in Washington on Thursday, a day late for the rally.

Cleveland Meredith was found with a Tavor X95 assault rifle, a Glock pistol, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

He was detained in connection with making threats to Ms Pelosi after an FBI agent read January 7 text messages in which Meredith talked about "putting a bullet in her noggin on Live TV" and running her over with his truck, according to a criminal complaint.

Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest inside the US Capitol on January 6
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The protesters were trying to overturn the election Joe Biden won by millions of votes
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At least a dozen other people were facing criminal charges in  connection to the riot, and at least another 40 people faced lesser charges.

They included Richard Barnett, from Arkansas, who was photographed sitting at Ms Pelosi's desk, his feet up on the furniture.

Nicholas Ochs, self-professed leader of the Hawaii chapter of the far-right Proud Boys group and who made a failed bid for a seat in the Hawaii House of Representatives in November, was arrested on his return to Honolulu.

He was charged with unlawful entry into restricted buildings or grounds.

Politician Derrick Evans used his real name to boast as a he live streamed from inside the riot – and has now resigned

WASHINGTON D.C., USA – JANUARY 6: US President Donald Trumps supporters gather outside the Capitol building in Washington D.C., United States on January 06, 2021. Pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol as lawmakers were set to sign off Wednesday on President-elect Joe Biden's electoral victory in what was supposed to be a routine process headed to Inauguration Day. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Among those arrested Friday for participating in the riot was West Virginia House of Delegates member Derrick Evans, who announced his resignation on Saturday in a one-line statement.

Evans had just been elected in November and on his campaign website promoted himself as "a Pro Trump conservative who will always stand up, speak out, and Fight For Christian Values."

He live-streamed himself entering the Capitol on Wednesday, and was recorded saying, "We're in, we're in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol," the Justice Department said in a release.

Other men arrested at the riot, which Trump has been accused of inciting, include Douglas Sweet.

Douglas Sweet was arrested after the riot, and previously attended the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, in 2017, his daughter said

CEO Brad Rukstales is facing charges but has issued a statement expressing his regrets

Sweet was jailed but released after eight hours, Mail Online reports.

His daughter told Buzzfeed he previously attended the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, that left one woman dead.

Robyn Sweet said she was "disgusted and ashamed" by his actions, claiming he had been radicalized by conspiracy theory websites and groups.

Brad Rukstales, CEO of a data analytics firm, was another of those facing a charge of unlawful entry following the deadly violence.

He issued a statement on social media saying he had shown "a moment of extremely poor judgment" by following the crowd, and apologised for his actions.

"It was the single worst personal decision of my life; I have no excuse for my actions and wish that I could take them back."

Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was killed during the violence
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The FBI and the Washington police department's homicide unit are jointly investigating the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was injured while defending the Capitol.

Mr Sicknick had just been sworn in with the US Capitol Police Department, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

Steven D'Antuono, the FBI Washington Field Office's assistant director in charge, said on Friday that rioters who had since returned home were not safe from arrest.

"Just because you've left the DC region, you can still expect a knock on the door if we find out you were part of the criminal activity at the Capitol," D'Antuono said.

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