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Archive for June 7th, 2021

150 Days Later: FBI Arrests More than 465 People in Deadly U.S. Capitol Riot

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By Steve Neavling

The FBI has arrested more than 465 people in connection with the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, the Justice Department announced over the weekend. 

Saturday marked the 150th day since the insurrection, which led to the deaths of five people. About 140 officers were injured. 

“Under the continued leadership of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the attack continues to move forward at an unprecedented speed and scale,” the DOJ said in a statement. “The Department of Justice’s resolve to hold accountable those who committed crimes on January 6th has not, and will not, wane.”

More than 130 people have been charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding officers or employees, and more than 40 people charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon or causing serious bodily injury to an officer. 

About 30 people have been charged with conspiracy. They include members of the right-wing groups Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. 

The FBI has received more than 200,000 digital media tips, and the bureau continues to search for the identities of rioters seen in videos. 

Click here to see a database of charges.

Street Named After FBI agent Fatally Shot While Serving a Warrant in Florida

FBI Agent Laura Schwartzenberger. Photo via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

A street in Miami-Dade County has been renamed in honor of Laura Schwartzenberger, one of two FBI agents killed while serving a search warrant at a home in Florida in February. 

The street is outside Rockway Middle School in Westchester, where Schwartzenberger taught students about the dangers of social media.

The school proposed that a portion of Southwest 93rd Court be called “Laura Schwartzenberger Way,” and Miami-Dade County commissioners approved the change.

“She loved children and she wanted to protect children,”Rockaway Middle School Principal Josephine Otero told Local 10. “She wanted to make sure that they knew about the dangers that are out there and that they wouldn’t be a victim of those dangers.”

Schwartzenberger and fellow agent Daniel Alfin were fatally shot outside the Sunrise, Fla., apartment of David Lee Huber, a 55-year-old systems engineer who was suspected of possessing child pornography. Three other FBI agents were shot and have since recovered. The shooting was one of the deadliest in FBI history. 

Schwartzenberger, 43, joined the FBI’s Albuquerque Field Office in 2005 and was transferred to Miami in 2010. She tracked suspects accused of exploiting children online. She had a husband and two children. 

“She was very much a part of this community,” Stedman Stahl, president of the South Florida Police Benevolent Association, said. “This is just a very fitting place to name a street after her, and in this location here.”