World Capitol rioter accused of assaulting cops with chemical spray served as Marine, to remain jailed before trial
Three Percenter Truck at Capitol on Jan. 6 Belongs to Hitler-Quoting Rep’s Husband
A pickup truck parked at the United States Capitol and bearing a Three Percenter militia sticker on the day of the Jan. 6 riot belongs to the husband of freshman U.S. Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois, who approvingly quoted Adolf Hitler a day earlier. Researchers on Twitter first noticed the Ford pickup truck with the far-right militia’s decal parked on the Capitol grounds in footage posted to social media and taken by CBS News. The presence of aResearchers on Twitter first noticed the Ford pickup truck with the far-right militia’s decal parked on the Capitol grounds in footage posted to social media and taken by CBS News.
A federal judge inruled Friday that a former accused of dousing at least 15 with a chemical spray outside the on Jan. 6 and bragging about it later on video will remain in custody, according to a report.
Daniel Ray Caldwell, 49, of The Colony, Texas, will stay behind bars until his trial in Washington, D.C.,reported.
After hearing testimony during several detention hearings in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Magistrate Judge Kimberly Priest Johnson decided no conditions of release would "reasonably assure the safety" of the community.
FBI Director Shoots Back, Insisting Bureau Shared Intel Ahead of Capitol Insurrection
FBI Director Christopher Wray, pushing back against the Capitol and D.C. police, insisted on Tuesday that his agents shared intelligence with them “in three ways” ahead of the Jan. 6 insurrection. Making his first substantial public comments on the FBI’s performance since an attack he called “domestic terrorism,” Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the FBI had provided a now-infamous “situational information report” from its Norfolk bureau to D.C.
Caldwell was arrested by FBI agents on Feb. 10 at Texas Instruments, his place of employment in Richardson, Texas, authorities said. He was fired following his arrest.
At a detention hearing on Feb. 22, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Batson argued that Caldwell's alleged actions on Jan. 6 "indicate a lack of respect toward law enforcement" and that "his own words put him inside the Capitol."
According to an indictment unsealed Wednesday, Caldwell is now charged with seven counts: civil disorder; assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers using a dangerous weapon; entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon: engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; and act of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings.
Capitol Police Chief Pittman says threats to Congress members up by 93.5% in first 2 months of 2021
Capitol Police acting Chief Yogananda Pittman testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee Wednesday that threats to members of Congress have increased by 93.5% within the first two months of 2021, compared to the same time period last year. And from 2017 to 2020, Pittman said there has been a 118.66% increase in "total threats and directions of interests," with the overwhelming majority of suspects residing outside the National Capital Region (NCR) in Washington, D.C. CAPITOL RIOT HEARING: DC NATIONAL GUARD GENERAL SAYS 3 HOURS PASSED BEFORE ARMY APPROVED REQUEST ON JAN.
Video footage captured on mobile devices and later obtained by law enforcement allegedly showed Caldwell "assaulting federal agents and engaging in disruptive or disorderly conduct on the lower west terrace of the Capitol Building," FBI Special Agent Seth Webb wrote in the officialfiled in the U.S. District Court in Washington on Feb. 8.
According to the court documents, a Twitter account with the handle @chris_sigurdson shared two links on Jan. 27. The first was to a YouTube video titled, "Storm The Capitol w/ dream floral." Caldwell, wearing an "olive drab in color hoodie, dark glasses on a camouflage hat, camouflage assault pack, and camouflage trousers," was seen "spraying a mist at police who were attempting to stop protesters from getting up the Capitol steps."
The documents included screenshots of the video.
Rachel Powell, Capitol Rioter Known as 'Bullhorn Lady,' Indicted by Grand Jury
Rachel Powell has been charged with eight offences linked to the Capitol riot, including engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly weapon.Rachel Powell, of Mercer County, was indicted by a grand jury in Washington, D.C. on eight charges that allegedly took place on January 6.
The second link shared on Twitter was to a video interview published by ProPublica. It appeared to have been recorded on Jan. 6 at 4:54 pm in the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel in Arlington, Va. Caldwell, wearing the same outfit as earlier in the day, with a red "Guns SAVE Lives" sticker added to his hoodie, is heard recounting events outside the Capitol, answering questions from two female voices off-camera.
"Probably 10 minutes after we started storming, a big fight broke out and the guns go off and one girl got hit in the neck," Caldwell said, recalling how police fired rubber bullets. "Then the fights started and they took their guys and somebody grabbed her and they took off."
"We stayed there and they kept spraying pepper spray," he continued, referring to officers. "I was like, 'Dude, do it again, and I'll spray you back.' And he did and I sprayed back; got like 15 of them and that's when they shot me with that big canon with rubber bullets."
A witness interviewed by the FBI said Caldwell participates in Airsoft Military Simulation (MilSim), "which is a live-action, in person simulation of armed conflict scenarios conducted by civilians that involve airsoft plastic projectiles launched by replica weapons, but do not involve actual firearms," the court documents said.
QAnon Shaman Jacob Chansley's Jail Release Request Denied as Capitol Riot Case Continues
Jacob Chansley is one of more than 270 people facing federal charges in connection with the January 6 riot, according to a George Washington University tracker.Jacob Chansley, also known as Jacob Angeli, became known as the "QAnon Shaman" after law enforcement officials shared photos of protesters who were inside the U.S. Capitol on the day of the riot. Chansley called the FBI on January 7 and identified himself as the protester who was photographed wearing a furry hat with horns and face paint, according to court documents.
The witness described Caldwell as a "huge White supremacist" and "a complete wacko." The witness also said Caldwell would bring a real firearm to the course and had to be corrected on multiple occasions to return the firearm to his vehicle.
But at a detention hearing, his ex-wife, Kambria Ann Caldwell, refuted that claim, arguing that Caldwell is not a White supremacist and that he was friends with Black and Latino co-workers. She testified that her ex-husband receives VA disability services due to a traumatic brain injury he sustained in the early 1990s.
She also told the judge that Caldwell’s 13 rifles and four handguns are no longer in the home they’ve lived in together with their son since 2016, even after their marriage dissolved.
His attorney, John Hunter Smith, pointed out that Caldwell has not been identified in photos or videos inside the building on Jan. 6. Caldwell served in the Marines for five and a half years and was honorably discharged, Smith said. He worked in the semiconductor industry for over 25 years.
The Justice Department said that more than 300 individuals have been charged in connection to the Capitol insurrection. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick's death remains under investigation.
"Regarding any connection to Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, we are not commenting or providing additional information on this active investigation," Melinda Urbina, a spokeswoman for FBI-Dallas Division, previously told Fox News last week, responding to a question about whether Caldwell’s case could be linked to Sicknick.
Capitol Police said the medical examiner’s report on Sicknick's death following the Jan. 6 attack is "not yet complete." Investigators are "awaiting toxicology results and continue to work with other government agencies regarding the death investigation."
"Officer Sicknick's family has asked for privacy during this difficult time and that the spreading of misinformation stop regarding the cause of his death," the statement said. "The Department and the Sicknick family appreciate the outpouring of support for our fallen officer."
Capitol National Guard Operation Could Last Beyond May Due to 'Domestic Threat': Pentagon .
Some 2,300 troops will remain in the capital until at least May 23, the Department of Defense said Tuesday.The troops were first deployed after the storming of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Donald Trump supporters on January 6.