Capitol Rioter Who Led Charge Toward Senate Indicted On 6 Federal Counts
An Iowa man who appeared to have led a group of pro-Trump rioters towards the Senate Chamber during the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol last week was charged on six federal counts.
Doug Jensen, 41, was arrested by the FBI Saturday after photos and videos on social media showed he stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 as part of an insurgent mob.
A large jury sued Jensen for civil disorder; attack, resist, or hinder certain officers; Entering and staying in a restricted building; disordered and disruptive behavior; forced entry and disorderly behavior; and demonstrating, demonstrating, or picketing the Capitol.
Jensen made his first court appearance on Tuesday via video conference. According to The Des Moines Register, he is in quarantine at Polk County Jail in Des Moines.
Hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on January 6, inspired by false electoral fraud claims by the President and other Republicans. The devastating chaos resulted in at least five deaths.
During the attack, Jensen, wearing a shirt referring to the right-wing QAnon conspiracy theory, led a group of rioters up a flight of stairs towards the Senate when U.S. Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman tried to keep them at bay .
The incident was captured in a video by HuffPost's Igor Bobic that has since gone viral.
"We are here because of the corrupt government," Jensen Goodman can be heard shouting as he runs up the stairs to the officer.
Goodman was hailed as a hero for luring the rioters away from the Senate entrance around 2:15 p.m. ET. Vice President Mike Pence wasn't evacuated from the chamber until about 15 minutes later.
In an unsealed criminal complaint on Tuesday, federal agents admitted that Jensen admitted pursuing a Capitol police officer and refusing to obey orders. Jensen said he wanted to be admitted with his QAnon shirt so "Q" could "get the credit".
Jensen's employer, Forrest & Associates Masonry in Des Moines, announced last Friday that he had been fired.
His next trial is scheduled for January 19, the register reported.
Dozens of the Capitol's other rioters have been arrested and charged, including many impersonating pictures or videos of the social media attack.
Earlier on Tuesday, the FBI had arrested Aaron Mostofsky - the son of a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge - in connection with the attack, accusing him of stealing a police sign, staying on restricted grounds, obstructing government business and making entry illegal shape.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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