What we do know about the “unprecedented” arrests at the Capitol

What we do know about the “unprecedented” arrests at the Capitol

Smashing windows, pressing stairs, and sending lawmakers and law enforcement to run their lives. The flood of protests that hit the Capitol that day left government officials with an equally important task: to find and charge those responsible.

In an interview with “60 Minutes,” Michael Sherwin, the state prosecutor who led the criminal investigation until March 19, said, “we now have more than 400 criminal cases.”

Prosecutors called the case “an unprecedented”, and the government said in a March 12 court hearing, “Capitol Attack is probably the most difficult investigation the Department of Justice has ever prosecuted.”

As law enforcement continues to gather suspects in the attack, CBS News has a say in the arrests:

How many are charged?

Sherwin told “60 minutes” there were more than 400 “defendants.” As of Tuesday, CBS News has reviewed court documents for 352 pending cases. Of those, at least 156 defendants were also charged by the chief justice.

How many tracks are followed?

FBI Director Christopher Wray in March said citizens from across the country had sent the FBI more than 270,000 digital media advice. Wray said, “With their help, we identified hundreds of suspects and opened hundreds of investigations outside one of our 56 offices.”

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The government said it had issued a combined total of more than 900 search warrants and the investigation included more than 15,000 hours of surveillance and body-worn camera images from various law enforcement agencies. The government has also collected about 1,600 electronic devices, the results of searches for hundreds of telecommunications providers, more than 80,000 reports and 93,000 attachments related to legal talks and other investigative measures, authorities said Friday.

Where do they come from?

The alleged perpetrators are from at least 44 states outside Washington, D.C. Of those detainees known in their home countries, most were from Texas, and 36 Texans have been charged so far. Florida had 30 citizens arrested while Pennsylvania had 29 and New York had 26.

How many have extremist organizations?

Authorities have linked at least 57 people suspected of inciting violence against activist groups, including the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, Texas Freedom Force and conspiracy theorists QAnon.

How many have ever served in the military?

At least 37 of those arrested are current or former members of the military. Of those, three are currently enlisted in the military – two in the Army Reserve and one in the National Guard – according to military service records and court documents obtained by CBS News.

Of the former members of the military, at least 18 have served in the American Marines, 11 in the Armed Forces, two in the Armed Forces, and two in the Air Force. One of the defendants, Jeffrey McKellop, was a communications officer with the 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 military or military involvement in militant groups and will address this issue in accordance with Army rules and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. extremism is in direct conflict with our values ​​and beliefs and those who engage in extremism have no place in our ranks. “

How many legal professionals?

At least five of those arrested were employed as law enforcement officers during the violence, and at least four of those arrested had previously served as police officers. Prosecutors also charged one current firefighter and one retired firefighter.

Of the five police officers who had been employed during the violence, four had lost their jobs. An township official in North Cornwall, Pennsylvania was suspended without pay after being charged, among other things, with obstruction of justice during a dispute. Houston police officer Tam Dinh Pham and Monmouth County rehabilitation officer Marissa Suarez have both resigned after being arrested, while two Virginia police officers were fired after prosecutors charged them with their conduct at the Capitol.

Common cases

Of the 400 defendants charged so far, “most of them, 80, 85%, maybe even 90” include people who have broken the Capitol or entered, Sherwin told “60 Minutes.” More than 100 people also face charges of assaulting government officials or local police, Sherwin said.

The government said in court in March it filed a lawsuit stating that although most cases were still pending against individuals, prosecutors were also investigating cases of conspiracy before and during the attack. To date, more than 25 people have been charged with conspiracy to commit conspiracy to commit atrocities.

More than 25 people have been charged with violating state property law. At the trial of the three defendants, the government said their charges were “terrorism” – allegations that were not in themselves but that could affect prison sentences if the men were found guilty.

How many women were there?

While those arrested in the January 6 crowd were mostly men, at least 45 women were also arrested for their involvement in the involvement.

For how many years have they been imprisoned?

Of the 111 defendants their age is known, their average age was 41. The youngest man accused of being an opponent is 18-year-old Bruno Joseph Cua, prosecutors accused of beating a police officer after posting it online, “President Trump calls us LWA!”

The oldest protesters were two 70-year-old men: Bennie Parker, allegedly Oath Keeper, and Lonnie Coffman, an Alabama man who said they brought a car full of weapons and explosives to Washington, D.C.

How many have been released?

At least 155 people are allowed to go home after applying for bail or agreeing to be released under surveillance.

Recent revisions in notable cases

Authorities have arrested two organizers of the Proud Boys’ right-wing gang, accusing them of conspiracy to commit new crimes. Prosecutors said they participated in a secret conversation with at least 60 people at the time of the attack.

Two West Virginia men have been arrested for allegedly assaulting Capitol police chief Brian Sicknick, who died after responding to riots on January 6. They are accused of spraying police with chemicals.

Authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with a D.C. Metropolitan Mike Fanone, who was allegedly beaten and humiliated by a mob of rebels during the U.S. Capitol attack. The government said Thomas Sibick tore up the badge with Fanone’s radio when he was attacked in the west steps, and then buried the badge in the backyard.

Florida Oath Keeper faces conspiracy to defraud Kenneth Harrelson of former U.S. Army staff He was also seen carrying a “stack” containing the hats of protesters marching on U.S. stairs. Capitol.

Paulina Smolinski contributed to the report.