Live updates: Police, FBI seek help IDing suspect who attacked officer; possible armed protests have states on high alert

Written by on January 16, 2021


Resulting from COVID-19, and now safety considerations following a pro-Trump mob breaching the Capitol, this yr’s Inauguration will look completely different than years previous. USA TODAY

Washington, D.C., and all 50 states are getting ready for what might be might be violent protests this weekend forward of Wednesday’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Simply 10 days in the past, violent rioters breached the U.S. Capitol, elevating questions on law enforcement’s preparation and response. As chatter grows concerning the potential for armed protests in state capitols on Sunday, many states have activated Nationwide Guard troops. In D.C., the Capitol is closely fortified and hundreds of Nationwide Guard members are in place. The Nationwide Mall is closed. Hold refreshing this web page for updates on safety and protests from throughout the US.

Police, FBI search assist figuring out suspect who attacked officer in viral video

D.C. Police and the FBI are asking the public for help figuring out a person that attacked a Capitol police officer in a video of the Jan. 6 riot that went viral.

“Through the rebel at the USA Capitol, the suspect assaulted and used a transparent police protect to pin MPD Officer Daniel Hodges in a door jam,” says a press launch printed Friday by the Metropolitan Police Division.

The viral video confirmed Hodges, 32, screaming in ache as he was concurrently crushed in a doorway and beat by the crazed mob — together with along with his personal baton. He later instructed reporters he thought he was going to die.

In an interview with the local D.C. NBC affiliate, Hodges mentioned, “If it wasn’t my job, I’d have completed that without spending a dime. It was completely my pleasure to crush a white nationalist rebel … we’ll do it as many occasions because it takes.”

Pictures of the suspect had been included in the release, and posted on Twitter. The general public is suggested to name police if they’ve any info, and a reward is being supplied.

Who has been arrested: USA TODAY is tracking charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot

State Capitols: What safety measures are in place?

►The Texas Division of Public Security introduced the closure of the state Capitol on Friday after uncovering new intelligence that prompted the agency to further tighten up security.

► The Kentucky Capitol grounds in Frankfort will be closed on Sunday after “home terror threats towards state capitols throughout” the U.S., Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration introduced Friday.

Michigan, which was focused by armed anti-lockdown protesters earlier this yr and an alleged extremist plot to kidnap its governor, activated its National Guard and was boarding up windows at state buildings Friday.

► California Gov. Gavin Newsom mobilized 1,000 members of the Nationwide Guard because the state additionally erected a short lived chain hyperlink fence round its Capitol. The California Freeway Patrol has refused to difficulty permits for rallies that had been deliberate there.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis activated the Florida National Guard on Friday. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered the state’s guard to prepare for potential activity. About 450 Nationwide Guard members in Pennsylvania shall be amongst legislation enforcement at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Gov. Tom Wolf saidIllinois Gov. JB Pritzker has activated 250 members of the Illinois Nationwide Guard. Plywood started going up at the state Capitol Friday morning

New Jersey state workers have been ordered to work remotely the day of Biden’s inauguration, due to the “stage of rigidity within the nation,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy mentioned Friday.

►The Kansas Statehouse will beef up security measures, closing down customer entry to parking, giving keycard entry solely by the customer entrance and requiring these with keycard entry to point out badges. In Ohio, a number of “several hundred” officers will be in the Capitol Square area Sunday.

Go in-depth: Why the National Guard’s absence at Capitol riots exhibits lack of preparation, mistrust after heavy-handed BLM response.

Extra suspects arrested, charged after Capitol riot; one girl says, ‘I take heed to my president’

Authorities across the nation have arrested dozens  people who stormed the Capitol within the Jan. 6 riot, together with a Dallas girl who mentioned she’s a “regular individual” who listened to her president.

Jenna Ryan, 50, is accused of “knowingly” coming into or remaining within the restricted constructing or grounds with out lawful authority and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, in keeping with a legal grievance filed by the FBI in a Washington federal court docket.

In an interview with KTVT-TV in Fort Worth, Ryan mentioned she hoped that Trump would pardon her. “I simply need individuals to know I’m a traditional individual, that I take heed to my president who instructed me to go to the Capitol, that I used to be displaying my patriotism whereas I used to be there and I used to be simply protesting and I wasn’t making an attempt to do something violent and I didn’t understand there was truly violence,” Ryan mentioned.

Two different males, Robert L. Bauer of Kentucky and his cousin, Edward Hemenway of Winchester, Virginia, pleaded not responsible to trespassing and knowingly coming into a restricted constructing or grounds. They appeared in federal court docket Friday.

Bauer and Hemenway instructed the FBI after speeding into the constructing with the gang, one Capitol Police officer greeted them with a hug and handshake and instructed them, “It is your own home now,” in keeping with the grievance.

In the meantime, a federal choose in Washington on Friday evening halted a plan to launch and placed on home arrest the Arkansas man photographed sitting at a desk in Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s workplace throughout final week’s riot on the U.S. Capitol.

Richard Barnett will as a substitute be dropped at Washington, D.C., instantly for proceedings in his case, Chief U.S. District Choose Beryl Howell ordered Friday evening, staying a call by one other choose to restrict Barnett to his residence in Gravette, Arkansas, till his trial.


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Nationwide Mall closed by Jan. 21

Amid anticipation of potential violence over the weekend and on the presidential inauguration, The Nationwide Mall shall be closed from 11 a.m. Friday by Jan. 21, the Nationwide Park Service introduced Friday.

Whereas actions tied to the presidential inauguration and free speech occasions with permits shall be allowed to proceed in specified areas, the Park Service mentioned, giant swaths of the Mall shall be closed.

The realm stretches over 2 miles from the Lincoln Memorial on the west finish to the U.S. Capitol on the east. The Park Service mentioned areas close to the U.S. Navy Memorial and John Marshall Park, off the principle stretch of the Mall, shall be designated places for present allow holders.

Washington Monument: Closed until after Joe Biden’s inauguration in wake of Capitol riots


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Arizona man who stormed Capitol in fur horn hat ordered to DC for trial

The Phoenix man who stormed the U.S. Capitol in a fur hat with horns and carrying a spear goaded rioters to disregard police instructions and proceed to press on into the U.S. Senate chamber, the place he left a threatening observe for Vice President Mike Pence, prosecutors say.

In a listening to Friday in federal court docket in Phoenix, a choose ordered Jake Angeli stay in custody, as he has been all week, and to be transported to face prices in Washington, D.C. 

Prosecutors argue that Chansley should be detained on account of his previous legal report and perception in dangerous conspiracies like QAnon, in addition to his perception that he’s an alien, which can point out “severe dangers that he’ll flee and impede or try to impede justice.”

– Richard Ruelas, Arizona Republic

Officers: Extremist risk to Minnesota Capitol has light

Authorities now imagine there isn’t any credible, speedy risk from extremists to Minnesota within the runup to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Public Security Commissioner John Harrington mentioned Friday, however he made clear that legislation enforcement will not be taking any probabilities.

The FBI this week warned of potential assaults at state capitols nationwide following the rebel on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. That adopted a bulletin from the FBI Minneapolis area workplace late final month about potential threats from the right-wing Boogaloo motion to the Minnesota and Michigan capitols this Sunday.

The warnings and the violence in Washington, D.C., led Gov. Tim Walz to name up the Minnesota Nationwide Guard to bolster state and native legislation enforcement at and close to the state Capitol for this weekend and thru Wednesday’s inaugural.


The timeline breaks down the riot that befell on the U.S. Capitol, when a Professional-Trump mob stormed the constructing, sending members of Congress operating. USA TODAY


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Extra protection and tales from USA TODAY

Did rioters have help from members of Congress?: Democrats name for formal investigations, citing an uncommon uptick in guests in MAGA gear earlier than the tried coup.

As the inauguration nears for President-elect Biden, safety officers are confronting a frightening problem laid naked by the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.

► Armed ‘militias’ are unlawful. Will authorities finally crack down?

► Truth test: What’s true about the Capitol riot, from antifa to BLM to Chuck Norris

Contributing: Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY; Related Press

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