What we know about the “unprecedented” arrests against the riots on the Capitol
America watched like hordes of riotersJanuary 6 – smashing windows, driving up stairs and sending 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 said as of Friday about 465 defendants had been arrested in connection with the attack. The government also said in a court file on Friday that it planned to indict at least 550 people in total.
Prosecutors called the case “unprecedented” 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 Department of Justice.”
As law enforcement continues to round up suspected rioters, here’s what CBS News has learned about those arrested:
About 465 defendants were charged
About 465 defendants were arrested in connection with the riots, the Justice Department said on Friday, and CBS News reviewed court documents for 450 cases that were unsealed. Of these, at least 181 defendants were also indicted by grand juries.
The charges include assaults on officers, destruction of government property and conspiracy
Over 130 defendants have been charged with assaulting, resisting or preventing officers or employees, including over 40 who have been charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon or causing serious injury to an officer, said the Department of Justice.
In total, CBS News hasthat more than 150 officers were injured in the attack, according to sources on Capitol Hill and the Capitol Police Union, as well as testimony from Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee.
Thirty defendants have been charged, a charge that alleges defendants coordinated with others to commit an offense, including 16 Oath Keepers who were charged together in a single conspiracy case and 15 members or affiliates of the Proud Boys, who were charged in four separate conspiracy cases.
About 440 defendants were charged with entering or remaining in a building or restricted land. More than 40 have been charged with entering the Capitol with a dangerous or deadly weapon, while around 25 have been charged with theft of government property, the Justice Department said.
More than 30 defendants have been charged with destruction of government property, and during proceedings forof these defendants, the government said their crimes amounted to “terrorism” – an allegation that is not in itself a charge but which could influence prison terms if convicted.
Dozens of defendants served in the army
At least 50 of those arrested are current or former military personnel. From these,is an active duty member, four are currently part-time troops in the Army Reserve or National Guard, and 45 have previously served in the military, according to attorneys’ statements, military service records and court documents obtained by CBS News.
At least 22 served in the US Marines, 18 served in the Army, two in the Navy, and two in the Air Force. One of the defendants, Jeffrey McKellop, was a communications sergeant with the Army 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 involvement of Army soldiers or civilians in extremist groups and will address this matter accordingly. army regulations 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. “
At least 10 worked as law enforcement officers
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 working files. Prosecutors also indicted at least one current firefighter 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, Pa., Was suspended without pay after being accused, among other crimes, of obstructing law enforcement during civil order. Houston Police Officer Tam Dinh Pham and Monmouth County Correctional Police Officer Marissa Suárez both resigned after being arrested, 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 pouncing on a Capitol cop with a flagpole, and Sara Carpenter, whose arrest, an NYPD spokesperson said, was the culmination of the NYPD’s close work with the group FBI Joint Work on Terrorism.
Nicholes Lentz – who according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is a former officer with the North Miami Beach and Fort Pierce Police Departments – has been charged after posting videos of inside the Capitol. In a video, he said: “We’re not here to hurt the cops, of course. I love my boys in blue, but it’s upsetting for them.”
Authorities are still looking for hundreds of suspects
The FBI is still while searching helping the public to identify more than 250 people suspected of committing police assaults or other acts of violence on Capitol Hill grounds.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said in March that citizens across the country had sent the FBI more than 270,000 digital media tips.
The government said it issued a combined total of more than 900 search warrants and the investigation included more than 15,000 hours of surveillance and camera footage worn on the bodies of 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 measures. investigation, authorities said in a file.
The defendants came from at least 45 states
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 45 Texans charged to date. Florida has arrested at least 39 residents, while Pennsylvania and New York each have at least 37.
Authorities have linked dozens of defendants to extremist groups
Authorities have linked at least 67 suspected rioters to extremist groups, including the, , , Texas Freedom Force and the Conspiracy Ideology .
More than 50 women have been arrested
While those arrested in the January 6 crowd were mostly men, at least 53 women were also arrested for their alleged involvement.
The age of the accused spans six decades
Among the 138 accused whose age is known, the average age is 41 years. The youngest known suspected rioter is Bruno Joseph Cua, 18, whom prosecutors accused of assaulting an officer after posting online: “President Trump is calling us to COMBAT!”
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
The Senate released a report on Tuesday identifying the widespread security and intelligence failures that led to the deadly Jan.6 assault on Capitol Hill. In a rare bipartite joint, Democrats and Republicans leading the investigation spoke with CBS News’s Kris Van Cleave for a candid conversation about what went wrong and allowed a crowd to storm the State Capitol -United.
On Friday, June 4, a judge rejected the government’s request to ban Capitol Riot defendant Anthime Gionet – a right-wing internet provocateur known as “Baked Alaska” – from posting videos online after saying he had broadcast live.his friend.
Former Vice President Mike Pencea crowd of Republican activists in New Hampshire on Thursday night that he was unsure whether he and former President Trump “will ever agree” on the Jan.6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
President Biden hascreating a presidential commission to investigate the Jan.6 assault on Capitol Hill because he believes Congress should be the one investigating, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki. A bill to create a bipartite commission was in the Senate.
Five months after the Capitol riot, at least 17 police officers remain out of work withsupported in the attack.
Paulina Smolinski contributed to this report.