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DOJ announces charges against man carrying Pelosi's podium and others in US Capitol riot

January 9, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Federal prosecutors have charged three individuals in connection with Wednesday's riot at the US Capitol, the Department of Justice announced Saturday, including a man seen on video carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's lectern and another wearing a bearskin headdress.

(CNN)Federal prosecutors have charged three individuals in connection with Wednesday's riot at the US Capitol, the Department of Justice announced Saturday, including a man seen on video carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's lectern and another wearing a bearskin headdress.

Adam Johnson, 36, of Florida was arrested in the state Friday and booked into the Pinellas County Jail just days after he was allegedly caught on camera carrying the House speaker's lectern, according to the release.

He has been charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; one count of theft of government property; and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Jacob Anthony Chansley, who allegedly was the man seen in photos dressed in horns, bearskin headdress and face paint, was taken into custody Saturday, according to the release.

The Arizona man has been charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Derrick Evans, a West Virginia state lawmaker allegedly among the rioters who stormed the Capitol building, has been charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds.

His lawyer, John Bryan, previously told CNN in a statement Thursday that his client "had no choice but to enter" the Capitol due to the size of the crowd he was in, and that "it wasn't apparent to Mr. Evans that he wasn't allowed to follow the crowd into this public area of the Capitol, inside which members of the public were already located. "

There are now 17 known federal criminal defendants related to the Capitol riots.

Some are people who grew violent with police, some are photographed in the building during the destruction, and some are people who allegedly brought guns and ammunition and, in the case of one man, Molotov cocktails, around the Capitol.

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