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More Than 410 Alleged Insurrectionists Arrested in Ongoing Probe of Jan. 6 Riot

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By Steve Neavling

The FBI has arrested more than 410 people accused of participating in the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. 

A CBS News review of 369 cases found that 163 suspects have been indicted by grand juries. 

According to the Justice Department, more than 100 alleged insurrectionists have been charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding officers or employees.

More than 35 of the suspects have been charged with bringing a dangerous or deadly weapon into the Capitol. 

About 30 suspects are accused of conspiring to coordinate with others, and at least 56 have been connected to extremists groups such as the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and Three Percenters. 

Of those arrested, at least 38 are current or former military members. 

Investigators have executed more than 900 search warrants and are reviewing more than 15,000 hours of surveillance and body cam footage and have collected about 1,600 electronic devices. 

The alleged riots hail from at least 45 states. Of those, Texas had the most suspects (38), followed by Florida (31), Pennsylvania (30) and New York (26). 

Federal authorities previously said about 800 people stormed the Capitol, and the FBI has pledged to track down as many of the suspects as possible. 

In March, FBI Director Christopher Wray said the bureau has received more than 270,000 digital media tips. 

“With their help, we’ve identified hundreds of suspects and opened hundreds of investigations in all but one of our 56 field offices,” Wray said. 

Today Marks 40th Anniversary of Hinkley’s Failed Assassination Attempt of Reagan

President Reagan assassination attempt, via Wikipedia.

Tuesday is the 40th anniversary of the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.

Reagan had just finished speaking to AFL-CIO leaders when he stepped out of the Washington D.C. Hilton and was struck by a bullet. 

John Hinkley Jr. said he opened fire to impress actress Jodie Foster. He shot press secretary James Brady, police officer Thomas Delahanty, and Secret Service Agent Tim McCarthy. 

Secret Service Agent Jerry Carr whisked Reagan into the backseat of an armored limo and ordered the driver to a nearby hospital. 

Carr was credited with saving the president’s life. 

FBI Releases Graphic Videos of Most Violent Assaults on Officers During Jan. 6 Riot

Screenshot of attack on officers at U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI on Thursday released 10 videos showing the most egregious assaults on police officers during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and is asking for the public’s help identifying the attackers. 

The FBI has arrested more than 300 people in connection with the riot, including 65 who assaulted law enforcement officers. But as the videos show, some of the most violent offenders have not yet been identified. 

“The FBI is asking for the public’s help in identifying 10 individuals suspected of being involved in some of the most violent attacks on officers who were protecting the U.S. Capitol and our democratic process on January 6,” Steven M. D’Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said in a statement. “These individuals are seen on video committing egregious crimes against those who have devoted their lives to protecting the American people.”

Anyone with information about the suspects in the videos is asked to call (800) CALL-FBI or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

Secret Service Arrests Texas Man Near Vice President’s Residence on Weapons Charges

By Steve Neavling

A San Antonio man was arrested near Vice President Kamala Harris’ official residence in Washington D.C. on Wednesday and charged with weapons and ammunition charges. 

The Secret Service arrested Paul Murray, 31, after receiving an intelligence bulletin from Texas that indicated Murray was experiencing “paranoid delusions” and believed the government or military wanted to kill him. According to the bulletin, he told his mother via a text message that he was in Washington and would “take care of his problem.”

Murray was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon, carrying a rifle or shotgun outside of a business, possession of unregistered ammunition and possession of a large-capacity ammunition-feeding device.

A rifle and ammunition were found in his car. 

FBI Releases New Footage of Washington D.C. Bomb Suspect

Screenshot of the pipe bomb suspect.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI on Tuesday released new security footage of the person believed to have planted pipe bombs outside the Republican and Democratic national committees in Washington D.C. on the day before the U.S. Capitol riot. 

The devices were placed outside the headquarters sometime between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 5. The suspect was wearing a face mask, gray hooded sweatshirt, and black and gray Nike Air Max Speed Turf shoes with a yellow logo. 

“The American people have provided invaluable assistance in this investigation, and the FBI and our law enforcement partners are very grateful for that cooperation,” Steven M. D’Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said in a statement. “We still believe there is someone out there who has information they may not have realized was significant until now. We know it can be a difficult decision to report information about family or friends—but this is about protecting human life. These pipe bombs were viable devices that could have been detonated, resulting in serious injury or death. We need the public’s help to identify the individual responsible for placing these pipe bombs to ensure they will not harm themselves or anyone else.”

The FBI previously released photos of the suspect, along with suspect’s shoes, the devices, and kitchen timers. 

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the bureau at (800) CALL-FBI or send an email to tips.fbi.gov. Tips may be anonymous.

FBI Arrests Trump Appointee Accused of Assaulting Police, Storming Capitol on Jan. 6

Frederico G. Klein in an image filed by the FBI.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI has arrested a political appointee of former President Trump who is accused of assaulting police and storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Frederico G. Klein, 42, a former State Department aide, was charged with multiple felony accounts, including unlawful entry, violent and disorderly conduct, obstructing Congress and law enforcement, and assaulting an officers with a dangerous weapon, according to a criminal complaint obtained by The New York Times.

Videos show Klein, wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat, resisting and assaulting officers with a stolen riot shield, and storming the Capitol with a pro-Trump mob, according to court documents.  

Before working at the State Department, Klein was on Trump’s presidential campaign team. 

At the time of the riot, Klein was a State Department employee with Top Secret security clearance. He is the first member of Trump’s administration to be arrested in the riot. 

“Klein quickly pushed his way to the front-left side of the crowd and to the doorway to the Capitol building, where he physically and verbally engaged with the officers holding the line,” the F.B.I. said.

The FBI has arrested more than 300 people for their alleged roles in the riot. 

FBI Pinpoints Suspect in Death of Capitol Police Officer During Jan. 6 Riot

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By Steve Neavling

FBI agents have singled out a man they believe may be to blame for the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died from injuries sustained during the Jan. 6 riot in Washington D.C.

Sicknick, a 42-year-old Air National Guard veteran, died a day after the riots, and investigators have struggled to understand the circumstances surrounding his death since then. 

Authorities now suspect an irritant, such as mace or bear spray, contributed to his death, and FBI has pinpointed a man captured on video attacking officers with bear spray, The New York Times first reported.

Now investigators are trying to determine the suspect’s identity. 

At least 138 officers were injured during the insurrection, and two died by suicide. 

More than 300 people have been charged for their alleged role in the riot.

Renovations Planned for FBI HQ As Search Begins for New Building

FBI headquarters, via FBI

By Steve Neavling

As the Biden administration begins exploring plans to relocate the FBI headquarters, the current building in Washington D.C. will receive much-needed renovations. 

The General Services Administration set aside $5 million to renovate parts of the J. Edgar Hoover Headquarters, a crumbling, cramped, and antiquated building that has been a source of frustration for agents and employees. The 2.8-million-square-foot building was dedicated in 1975. 

In the meantime, the GSA has 90 days to develop a plan for a new building, The Washington Post reported earlier this month.

The long-time search for a new home was stymied by the Trump administration. In 2017, Trump’s GSA scrapped a plan to build a new headquarters in the Washington suburbs in favor of building a smaller headquarters in downtown D.C., which would have required some staff to relocate to Alabama, Idaho and West Virginia. 

President Biden has indicated he plans to move forward with finding a new home in the Washington D.C. region.