A person whose ostentatious outfit of horns and fur (and no shirt) made him not possible to overlook in pictures of Wednesday’s armed riot on the U.S. Capitol has been arrested.
Arizona man Jake Angeli, aka Jacob Anthony Chansley, was taken into custody on Saturday, according to the Department of Justice. He was charged with knowingly getting into or remaining in any restricted constructing or grounds with out lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Capitol Police mentioned that Angeli had known as the FBI on Thursday and confirmed he was the person within the pictures, in accordance with a Capitol Police arrest affidavit obtained by The Washington Post. The doc acknowledged that Angeli mentioned he had traveled to Washington “with other ‘patriots’ from Arizona, at the request of the President that all ‘patriots’ come to D.C. on January 6, 2021.”
Angeli additionally wore crimson, white and blue face paint and carried a spear with the American flag connected as he roamed the Capitol. His many torso tattoos had been additionally seen, together with an previous Norse runic image known as the “valknut,” or “knot of the slain,” that has been appropriated by white supremacists. (Modern-day Pagan teams have condemned the riots and in addition to the misappropriation of their symbols by some teams.)
Angeli was among the many supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump who broke into the Capitol to disrupt the joint congressional session that was formally certifying the outcomes of the 2020 election, which Trump misplaced to Joe Biden.
The riot left no less than 5 folks useless, together with Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, whom the mob beat over the pinnacle with a fireplace extinguisher; and Ashli Babbitt, whom police shot dead as she and others tried to breach the Speaker’s Lobby by way of a smashed window. Three different folks concerned within the riot died on account of what officials described as “medical emergencies.”
Capitol Police made only 15 arrests on Wednesday, regardless of lots of of rioters breaching the U.S. Capitol, smashing home windows, destroying property and forcing members of Congress to flee for his or her security.
In the next days, extra folks have been arrested for his or her involvement. Along with Angeli’s arrest on Saturday, the DOJ additionally introduced the arrests of Florida man Adam Johnson, who was photographed taking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern, and West Virginia lawmaker Derrick Evans, who had livestreamed himself invading the Capitol.
Angeli, a supporter of the far-right conspiracy concept QAnon, has grow to be recognized for his distinctive selection of protest-wear at rallies in Arizona, and his description of himself as a “shamanic practitioner” has led to his “Q Shaman” or “QAnon Shaman” nicknames.
Following the riots, Angeli said on Twitter that, opposite to rumors, he was not a member of Antifa or the Black Lives Matter motion.
“I’m a Qanon & digital soldier,” he tweeted. “My name is Jake & I marched with the police & fought against BLM & ANTIFA in PHX.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has additionally spoken out in opposition to right-wing media claims that anti-fascist activists had been behind within the riots, stating it has “no indication” of that being the case.
On Wednesday, Angeli’s outfit obtained him a number of consideration on social media, prompting some folks to match him to Chewbacca — after which Star Wars followers jumped in to defend their beloved Wookie. Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay additionally logged on to clarify that, regardless of their bodily similarities, the insurrectionist was not him.
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