Army reservist with security-level clearance among the latest charged in connection with Capitol riot

Other suspects this weekend include a woman seen in photos staring at a badge in the Speaker’s office, Nancy Pelosi, according to authorities, and the mother of a man arrested after he was photographed with flashes on the Senate floor, who herself is accused of stalking police officers with flashes in her hand.

The details that have emerged about the three defendants and others in recently unpublished court documents provide a clearer picture of the level of violence inside the Capitol and the possible military coordination that took place during the building’s collapse. Counsel for both parties were not included in the Federal Court’s online filing.

FBI investigators said an Army reservist – Timothy Hale Cusanelli of Colts Neck, N.J. – was described by an informant as an outspoken white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer.

According to court documents, in a phone conversation with an informant on Thursday, recorded by law enforcement, Heile-Cusanelli said he had encouraged members of the Mafia to move around the Capitol and had given instructions both by voice and hand signals. It is not clear if he has been arrested.

Authorities have identified Emily Hernandez of Sullivan, Missouri, as the woman who allegedly stole Pelosi’s poster. In several photos in court files, investigators identified her as a smiling woman holding a shard of shredded wood in front of a crowd.

Sunday we didn’t know if she had been arrested. Replacing the poster would cost $870, according to an estimate by a House conservative quoted in court documents.

Investigators say Lisa Eisenhart is the mother of Eric Munchel, who was arrested last week in Nashville and identified as the man pictured wearing zip ties in the building.

Eisenhart was taken into custody Saturday in Tennessee and charged with breaking into the Capitol and disturbing the peace, according to the Justice Department.

According to the charge sheet, Eisenhart can be seen on the video wearing soft handcuffs or plastic straps as she chases police officers as part of a crowd inside the building.

A man who was caught wearing a Proud Boys T-shirt and holding a corner of the Confederate flag on Capitol Hill – according to an FBI agent quoting photos in a court document – was arrested Sunday in Maryland, the Justice Department said.

The document claims that Brian Betancourt told law enforcement in the past that he was a member of several white supremacist organizations, and that at one point he stated that he wanted to run people over with a car and kill them in church.

Betancourt was wearing a GPS monitor because of a previous violation of his probation, authorities said, and location data in the indictment shows his presence in restricted areas on Capitol Hill property.

In addition to these four documents, other indictment documents mention further incidents of violence and attacks on law enforcement officials during the mutiny, as well as threats of violence in the coming days.

Researchers met with Chad Jones of Mt. Washington, Kentucky, as the man seen in the video using the end of a flagpole with a visor to open the Speaker’s Lobby door at the entrance to the House of Representatives, according to the indictment. Members were evacuated through the lobby a few minutes earlier.

According to the indictment, Jones was part of the same crowd as Ashley Babbitt, the rioter who was shot by Capitol Hill police. Sunday we didn’t know if he had been arrested.

Cousins Daniel Adams and Cody Connell are described by authorities as having stormed Capitol Hill together.

According to court documents, Adams led a group of rioters who attacked a number of Capitol Hill police officers who were holding protective shields and guarding a set of stairs outside the building. According to an affidavit, an FBI agent identified him from photos posted on the Internet, including his mule haircut. Both men were arrested Saturday – Adams in Texas and Connell in Louisiana.

Officials said they believe Connell planned to return to Washington the week of the inauguration, citing witnesses with whom he spoke about buying guns, ammunition and bulletproof vests.

According to the witness, an FBI agent wrote in the indictment that Connell said he would not return to Louisiana unless he was in a body bag.

 

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