Federal authorities have prioritized not only militias, but also others involved in attacks on police officers. The FBI also arrested members of the Proud Boys, a far-right nationalist group.
On Sunday evening, Donovan Crowl, 50, a former US Navy, and Jessica Watkins, 38, an army veteran, surrendered to authorities in Ohio after posting photos of themselves on the media social workers wearing combat gear and saying they had stormed the Capitol. . They were indicted in a criminal complaint for illegal entry, disorderly conduct and obstruction of official proceedings.
The FBI said Ms Watkins considered herself the commander of the Ohio State Regular Militia, which is affiliated with the Oath Keepers. In a social media post by Ms Watkins, Mr Crowl was pictured with the caption: “One of my guys at the Stop the Steal rally today.”
Federal prosecutors also exposed the charges this weekend against Robert Gieswein, 24, of Woodland Park, Colo., Who they say is affiliated with the Three Percenters.
Mr Gieswein, who heads a private paramilitary training group called the Woodland Wild Dogs, was among the first wave of invaders to cross the Capitol, according to court documents. Photographs of the attack show him dressed in a military-style vest, goggles and helmet, struggling with Capitol Hill police officers to remove metal barricades and wielding a baseball bat. In a criminal complaint, prosecutors cited a video of Mr Gieswein encouraging other rioters as they smashed a window on the Capitol with a plank of wood and a plastic shield, then climbed through the broken glass into the building. .
Mr Gieswein was pictured inside the building with another suspect, Dominic Pezzola, a former Marine and member of the Proud Boys, who was indicted last week.
After the assault, Mr Gieswein said in a documentary interview that he attacked the Capitol to ‘get the corrupt politicians to dismiss’, according to court documents, adding:’ They completely destroyed our country and sold them to the Rothschilds and Rockefeller. ”