A heavy steel guitarist who was photographed with the mob storming the US Capitol and is accused of spraying cops with pepper-based bear spray has been arrested, based on the FBI.
- The guitarist reportedly has “far-right views.”
- Prices have additionally been introduced in opposition to a “Nazi sympathizing” former firefighter, trend pupil and naval contractor.
- A person who threatened his household in the event that they instructed the police about his involvement was additionally arrested.
Jon Ryan Schaffer turned himself in when he appeared on an FBI poster in search of the general public’s assist in figuring out the rioters, FBI spokesman Chris Bavender mentioned.
You will have been charged with participating in an act of bodily violence and knowingly coming into or remaining in any constructing or restricted land with out coming into lawfully.
It was not instantly recognized if Schaffer, a member of the Iced Earth gang, had an legal professional who may communicate on his behalf, and federal court docket data on-line don’t but embrace his case.
He was seen in photographs and movies “participating in verbal altercations with Capitol police contained in the Capitol constructing” and holding a container of bear spray bought by out of doors retailers, based on native media.
Schaffer is a supporter of President Donald Trump and has voiced numerous conspiracy theories, as soon as telling a German information station that a shadow felony enterprise is attempting to rule the world below a communist agenda.
He mentioned that he and others have been ready to struggle violently.
In keeping with a press release filed in federal court docket by an FBI agent, Schaffer “has lengthy held far-right views.”
“Throughout an interview in 2017, Schaffer … referred to the federal authorities as a ‘felony enterprise,'” the assertion mentioned.
1000’s of Trump supporters flocked to Capitol Hill on January 6 after a rally throughout which Trump and others repeated unsubstantiated claims about fraud within the 2020 election, which was received by former Vice President Joe Biden.
4 of Schaffer’s bandmates posted a press release on Instagram and Fb condemning the violence wherein the rioters participated.
Different arrests embrace a firefighter and navy contractor.
Federal authorities additionally arrested a retired firefighter and a trend pupil, each from New York, and an Iowa man for the assault on the US Capitol.
Nicolas Moncada, a 20-year-old pupil on the Trend Institute of Know-how, was arrested at his house in Staten Island, based on the FBI.
The varsity shared info with the FBI a few social media put up displaying him on Capitol Hill, based on native media studies.
Thomas Sweeney of Freeport, New York, has been charged however shouldn’t be but in custody, an FBI spokeswoman mentioned.
Sweeney, 53, retired from the New York Hearth Division in October.
Leo Kelly was arrested in Iowa after a video interview posted on-line described him as “one of many first males to interrupt by means of the Capitol constructing and enter with dozens of different folks,” based on a court docket doc.
Kelly of Cedar Rapids faces trespassing and disorderly conduct costs.
Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, of Colts Neck, NJ, was additionally arrested.
Court docket paperwork describe him as a member of the US Military Reserves working as a Navy contractor with a “secret” safety clearance and entry to weapons.
An insider instructed investigators that Hale-Cusanelli was “an outspoken white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer” who has posted movies on-line with excessive political beliefs.
Texas man allegedly threatened his spouse and youngsters in the event that they turned him in
The FBI arrested two extra Texas males for alleged crimes associated to the lethal riot at the US Capitol.
Man Reffitt was arrested Friday at his house in Wylie, a metropolis about 35 miles northeast of downtown Dallas, based on court docket data.
Mr. Reffitt is charged with obstruction of justice and trespassing.
The 48-year-old was videotaped exterior the Capitol through the riot.
He later threatened his spouse and youngsters in the event that they turned him over, based on an FBI affidavit.
An FBI spokeswoman mentioned Matthew Carl Mazzocco, 37, was additionally arrested with out incident in San Antonio on Sunday.
Mr. Mazzocco is charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds. He’s scheduled to make a primary look in federal court docket in San Antonio on Tuesday native time.
FBI brokers discovered an AR-15 rifle and handgun throughout their search of Reffitt’s house, based on the affidavit.
The court docket doc states that Mr. Reffitt’s spouse instructed officers that he’s a member of the Three P.c anti-government motion.
Mr. Reffitt allegedly instructed officers that he was on Capitol Hill, however didn’t enter.
Greater than 125 folks have been arrested to this point on costs associated to the riot on the Capitol, the place a Capitol police officer and 4 different folks have been killed.
Far-right media persona Tim Gionet, who goes by the title Baked Alaska, was additionally arrested.
A Dallas-area actual property agent, a retired air drive officer and several other different Texans have additionally been charged with crimes associated to the riot.
The fees vary from curfew violations to felony federal crimes associated to theft and possession of weapons.
AP / Reuters