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US Capitol riots: Trump fan who swung from Senate balcony arrested

The Idaho Trump supporter pictured swinging from the Senate balcony and sitting in the Vice President’s chair during last week’s Capitol riot has handed himself in. 

Josiah Colt, 34, voluntarily surrendered to authorities Tuesday afternoon at the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, CBS2 footage shows.  

Colt, who runs his own digital marketing firm in Boise, had earlier ‘begged for forgiveness’ a self recorded video after he was was captured dangling from the balcony during the siege on the Capitol.

He is charged federally with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, KTVB reports. 

He is due back in court on January 19 after being released from jail. 

In the clip taken before his arrest Colt said: ‘My intentions were pure going there and I was just trying to show support and be patriotic. But it turned into something that I’m not proud of.’ 

The image of Colt quickly went viral around the world as the chaotic scenes unfolded last Wednesday, as did a picture of him sitting in the Vice President’s chair. It had only minutes earlier been vacated by Mike Pence when the chamber had to be evacuated following the rioters breaching the Capitol building. 

Explaining that he has received death threats in the wake of the images, Colt added: ‘And understandable so. I’m associated with a heinous, a whole bunch of horrible things that happened and I do not condone any of the violence that took place there. I never wanted it to happen.’

Authorities continue to arrest those involved in the rampage that lawmakers have branded a ‘terrorist attack’, with more than 170 subject files opened and the Department of Justice bringing over 70 cases against those involved.

More than 80 have been arrested so far but dozens of those involved, who were labeled as ‘great patriots by Trump, are yet to be identified. The FBI is asking for help in trying to track them down.

Josiah Colt, 34, voluntarily surrendered to authorities Tuesday afternoon at the Ada County Sheriff’s Office after he was  pictured swinging from the Senate balcony and sitting in the Vice President's chair during last week's Capitol riot. In a self recorded video before his arrest Colt said: 'It turned into something that I'm not proud of'

Josiah Colt, 34, voluntarily surrendered to authorities Tuesday afternoon at the Ada County Sheriff’s Office after he was  pictured swinging from the Senate balcony and sitting in the Vice President's chair during last week's Capitol riot. In a self recorded video before his arrest Colt said: 'It turned into something that I'm not proud of'

Josiah Colt, 34, voluntarily surrendered to authorities Tuesday afternoon at the Ada County Sheriff’s Office after he was  pictured swinging from the Senate balcony and sitting in the Vice President’s chair during last week’s Capitol riot. In a self recorded video before his arrest Colt said: ‘It turned into something that I’m not proud of’

Colt was filmed handing himself into authorities on Tuesday

Colt was filmed handing himself into authorities on Tuesday

Colt was filmed handing himself into authorities on Tuesday 

Josiah Colt, a 34-year-old from Boise, Idaho - identified as the Trump supporter who was pictured swinging from the Senate balcony - has now been arrested following the Capitol riots

Josiah Colt, a 34-year-old from Boise, Idaho - identified as the Trump supporter who was pictured swinging from the Senate balcony - has now been arrested following the Capitol riots

Josiah Colt, a 34-year-old from Boise, Idaho – identified as the Trump supporter who was pictured swinging from the Senate balcony – has now been arrested following the Capitol riots

After jumping down into the Senate chamber, Colt sat at the Vice President's chair which had only minutes earlier been vacated by Vice President Mike Pence when the chamber had to be evacuated following the rioters breaching the Capitol building

After jumping down into the Senate chamber, Colt sat at the Vice President's chair which had only minutes earlier been vacated by Vice President Mike Pence when the chamber had to be evacuated following the rioters breaching the Capitol building

After jumping down into the Senate chamber, Colt sat at the Vice President’s chair which had only minutes earlier been vacated by Vice President Mike Pence when the chamber had to be evacuated following the rioters breaching the Capitol building

According to an FBI agent, a relative of Colt confirmed tn a sworn affidavit that he was the person photographed in the Senate chamber last week, CNN reported.

On Tuesday night, The Ada County Sheriff’s Office in Boise, Idaho confirmed to the network that Cold had been taken into custody with US Marshals Service.

The FBI affidavit says there is probably cause that Colt violated federal law against entering a restricted building without lawful authority, as well as a law against entering the Capitol building to disrupt a session of Congress.

Colt, who was sentenced to two months in jail in 2012 for obstructing police, is set to remotely appear before a judge for the first time on Wednesday morning, CNN said. 

Colt is pictured here after jumping down from the balcony onto the floor of the Senate chamber, running towards the Vice President's chair at the head of the room

Colt is pictured here after jumping down from the balcony onto the floor of the Senate chamber, running towards the Vice President's chair at the head of the room

Colt is pictured here after jumping down from the balcony onto the floor of the Senate chamber, running towards the Vice President’s chair at the head of the room

He has since said he didn't cause any damage and claims he told other protesters that the chamber was 'a sacred place

He has since said he didn't cause any damage and claims he told other protesters that the chamber was 'a sacred place

Colt bragged on social media after the rampage saying 'I'm all over the news now'

Colt bragged on social media after the rampage saying 'I'm all over the news now'

Colt, who bragged on social media after the rampage saying ‘I’m all over the news now’ (pictured above), says he didn’t cause any damage and claims he told other protesters that the chamber was ‘a sacred place

Colt had previously begged for forgiveness because he just got ‘caught up in the moment’, becoming one of Several Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol on January 6 expressing their regret.

Colt bragged on social media after the rampage saying ‘I’m all over the news now’, said previously that he didn’t cause any damage and claims he told other protesters that the chamber was ‘a sacred place’.

Soon after he jumped from the balcony onto the Senate floor, Colt was pictured standing on the dais inside the Senate chamber where witnesses say he screamed: ‘Trump won that election!’ 

‘I love America, I love the people, I didn’t hurt anyone and I didn’t cause any damage in the Chamber,’ Colt said in a statement obtained by CBS2 News. 

‘I got caught up in the moment and when I saw the door to to the Chamber open, I walked in, hopped down, and sat on the chair. I said my peace then I helped a gentlemen get to safety that was injured then left.

‘While in the Chamber I told the other protesters that this is a sacred place and not to not do any damage. Some of them wanted to trash the place and steal stuff but I told them not to and to leave everything in it’s place. We’re still on sacred ground. 

‘And sincerely apologize to the American people. I recognize my actions that have brought shame upon myself, my family, my friends, and my beautiful country. In the moment I thought I was doing the right thing. 

‘I realize now that my actions were in appropriate and I beg for forgiveness from America and my home state of Idaho. My intention wasn’t to put a stain on our great Country’s Democratic process. 

On January 6, a violent mob of supporters of President Trump stormed the Capitol, breaking through police barricades and smashing windows to enter the building.

It came after a ‘Save America’ rally was held by Trump and his allies outside the White House as lawmakers worked to certify the Electoral College votes and Joe Biden’s election victory in the Capitol.

President Trump is now facing the prospect of becoming the only commander in chief in history to be impeached twice, with Democrats having introduced an article of impeachment on Monday for his role in inciting the mob that attacked the Capitol.

A vote on impeachment is set to be held on Wednesday.

MAGA protesters were told by Trump and his allies to head to Capitol Hill where lawmakers were scheduled to confirm Biden's presidential victory before the building was stormed

MAGA protesters were told by Trump and his allies to head to Capitol Hill where lawmakers were scheduled to confirm Biden's presidential victory before the building was stormed

MAGA protesters were told by Trump and his allies to head to Capitol Hill where lawmakers were scheduled to confirm Biden’s presidential victory before the building was stormed

The mob overran the Capitol Police shortly after Trump urged them to 'fight' on his behalf

The mob overran the Capitol Police shortly after Trump urged them to 'fight' on his behalf

The mob overran the Capitol Police shortly after Trump urged them to ‘fight’ on his behalf

A supporter of US President Donald Trump holds a Confederate flag outside the Senate Chamber during the raid of the Capitol

A supporter of US President Donald Trump holds a Confederate flag outside the Senate Chamber during the raid of the Capitol

A supporter of US President Donald Trump holds a Confederate flag outside the Senate Chamber during the raid of the Capitol

Lawmakers were forced to go into hiding for several hours as Capitol police grappled to take back control while the mob rampaged in the Senate and House, invaded Nancy Pelosi’s office and looted items potentially including state secrets.   

One female Trump supporter, US Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, was shot dead by Capitol Police as she tried to climb through a window into one of the chambers.

Three other Trump supporters died after ‘medical emergencies’ related to the breach and Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick died Thursday from injuries sustained in the attack after the thug allegedly hit him over the head with a fire extinguisher.  

Trump has not publicly acknowledged any responsibility for the attack, which unfolded after he staged a rally on Wednesday and called on his supporters to ‘fight’ the election result and ‘persuade’ Republicans not to certify Joe Biden‘s victory.

However, Trump declared a state of emergency in D.C. on Monday amid ratcheting tensions over violent plots which could rock Capitol Hill ahead of Biden’s inauguration.

The declaration allows the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate with local authorities as Democrats had been demanding.  

Capitol riots: Who has been arrested so far?

Dozens of people have already been arrested and prosecutors across the U.S. have vowed to bring to justice those who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, sending lawmakers into hiding as they began their work to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

The group included white nationalists, neo-Nazis and QAnon conspiracy theorists, coming from states as far-flung as Arizona and Oregon, while photographs from the riot have shown people wearing clothes with a range of antisemitic messages and imagery. 

The former wife of retired Lt. Col Larry Rendall Brock Jr., 53, called the FBI’s National Threat Operations Center Friday to report that she’d recognized her ex, who was pictured carrying plastic handcuffs and wearing full military gear.

Brock has since been arrested slapped with federal charges, as was an Nashville bartender, 30, who attended Capitol riot with his mom and was also pictured carrying zip-ties and wearing full paramilitary gear. 

Eric Munchel, a Nashville bartender, 30, has been named as the man pictured in the Senate press gallery with a bundle of flex-cuffs, heavy duty restraints used by law enforcement in mass arrests on Wednesday. He attended the riot with his mother.

News of the pair’s arrests came on Sunday as Ryan McCarthy, Army Secretary, said that at least 25 domestic terrorist cases have been opened up following Wednesday’s assault on the Capitol. 

Both men are charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Larry Rendall Brock Jr., 53, was among the violent mob of Donald Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol Wednesday in a riot that left five including one police officer dead

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Larry Rendall Brock Jr., 53, was among the violent mob of Donald Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol Wednesday in a riot that left five including one police officer dead

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Larry Rendall Brock Jr., 53, (at the riots) was among the violent mob of Donald Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol Wednesday in a riot that left five including one police officer dead 

Eric Munchel has been named as the man pictured with a bundle of flex-cuffs

Eric Munchel has been named as the man pictured with a bundle of flex-cuffs

Eric Munchel has been named as the man pictured with a bundle of flex-cuffs

Further arrests have also been made. 

One Trump supporter, who allegedly told his friends that he wanted to shoot and run over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has been arrested on federal charges stemming from the riot at the Capitol last week as authorities arrest an Alabama man with possessing 11 Molotov cocktails near the building.  

The Miami Herald reported that the man photographed standing at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern was named Adam Johnson from Parrish Florida. The 36-year-old father of five posted on Facebook that he was in Washington, and was later arrested on a Federal warrant.

Another man, widely photographed wearing face paint, a horned, fur hat and extensive tattoos in the Senate chamber and the Capitol’s corridors, was charged with counts including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

He has been named as self-styled ‘QAnnon shaman’ Jacob Anthony Chansley of Arizona, more commonly known as Jake Angeli. 

A 41-year-old Iowa man named Doug Jensen, who was seen in videos chasing a black police officer up a flight of stairs, was jailed early Sunday on federal charges including trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Richard Barnett (pictured), of Arkansas, who was photographed sitting at a desk in Pelosi's office was also arrested

Richard Barnett (pictured), of Arkansas, who was photographed sitting at a desk in Pelosi's office was also arrested

Richard Barnett (pictured), of Arkansas, who was photographed sitting at a desk in Pelosi’s office was also arrested

Richard Barnett, the Arkansas man shown in a widely seen photo sitting in Pelosi's office with his boots on the desk. He is charged with crimes including theft of public money, property or records

Richard Barnett, the Arkansas man shown in a widely seen photo sitting in Pelosi's office with his boots on the desk. He is charged with crimes including theft of public money, property or records

Richard Barnett, the Arkansas man shown in a widely seen photo sitting in Pelosi’s office with his boots on the desk. He is charged with crimes including theft of public money, property or records

Jacob Anthony Chansley, the heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint as he occupied the Senate dais, was also arrested on Saturday

Jacob Anthony Chansley, the heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint as he occupied the Senate dais, was also arrested on Saturday

Jacob Anthony Chansley, the heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint as he occupied the Senate dais, was also arrested on Saturday

Defendants facing federal charges include Richard Barnett, the Arkansas man shown in a widely seen photo sitting in Pelosi’s office with his boots on the desk. Barnett is charged with crimes including theft of public money, property or records.

Another man being tried in federal court, Lonnie Coffman of Falkville, Alabama, was arrested after authorities say they found guns and 11 Molotov cocktail explosive devices made out of Mason jars, golf tees and cloth rags in his pickup truck. 

West Virginia lawmaker Derrick Evans – who posted videos showing himself pushing hi way into the Capitol building – was arrested on Friday by the FBI and charged with entering restricted federal property.

Nich Och of the far-right Proud Boys group who was photographed smoking a cigarette in the halls of Congress

Nich Och of the far-right Proud Boys group who was photographed smoking a cigarette in the halls of Congress

Nich Och of the far-right Proud Boys group who was photographed smoking a cigarette in the halls of Congress

Evans resigned from his position in a letter to West Virginia governor Jim Justice, apologising for his involvement. In his own livestream, he was seen joining Trump supporters rushing into the building, shouting ‘Our house!’ 

Nick Ochs, who described himself as a ‘Proud Boy Elder from Hawaii’, was arrested at an airport in Honolulu by the FBI as he returned from DC.

The Proud Boys is an anti-immigrant and all male far-right group founded in 2016, that have been present at number of pro-Trump events.

He’s accused of unlawful entry of restricted buildings or grounds. It comes after he posted a picture smoking a cigarette inside the Capitol and tweeted: ‘Hello from the Capital lol’.

Rendall Brock, a father-of-three who now lives in Dallas, was pictured on the Senate floor Wednesday after the group had broken through barricades, pushed back law enforcement and sent lawmakers fleeing for safety.    

Images show him wearing a combat helmet, body armor and a vinyl tag with the Punisher skull on – a symbol adopted by white supremacists and believers of conspiracy theory QAnon.

Johnson, who was pictured inside the Capitol making off with a lectern, appears to have removed his social media platforms in the aftermath of the siege

Johnson, who was pictured inside the Capitol making off with a lectern, appears to have removed his social media platforms in the aftermath of the siege

Johnson, who was pictured inside the Capitol making off with a lectern, appears to have removed his social media platforms in the aftermath of the siege

He carried zip-tie handcuffs and appeared to be speaking with fellow rioters, several of which were dressed in MAGA caps.  

Brock, who was in the Air Force for more than two decades and now works for an aviation company, was also seen in footage, shot by ITV News, appearing to exit Nancy Pelosi’s office – which was vandalized and looted in the chaos. 

‘It is alleged that Brock was identified as one of the individuals who unlawfully entered the US Capitol,’ a DoJ statement said.

Eric Munchel, 30, is pictured in his mugshot having been arrested in Nashville on Sunday

Eric Munchel, 30, is pictured in his mugshot having been arrested in Nashville on Sunday

Eric Munchel, 30, is pictured in his mugshot having been arrested in Nashville on Sunday

It added he had been ‘wearing a green helmet, green tactical vest with patches, black and camo jacket, and beige pants holding a white flex cuff, which is used by law enforcement to restrain and/or detain subjects’.        

Bartender Munchel told The Times of London: ‘We wanted to show that we’re willing to rise up, band together and fight if necessary. Same as our forefathers, who established this country in 1776. It was a kind of flexing of muscles.’

His mother, Lisa Eisenhart, 57, said: ‘The left has everything: the media, organizations, the government. We have to organize if we’re going to fight back and be heard.’

The nurse, who wore a bullet proof vest like her son, added: ‘This country was founded on revolution. If they’re going to take every legitimate means from us, and we can’t even express ourselves on the internet, we won’t even be able to speak freely, what is America for?

‘I’d rather die as a 57-year-old woman than live under oppression. I’d rather die and would rather fight.’ 

The pair are said to have driven from Nashville, Tennessee for the protest.    

Brock has already admitted he invaded the Senate floor and roamed Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office dressed in combat gear and carrying zip-tie cuffs. 

But he told The New Yorker he thought he was welcome to enter the U.S. Capitol and claimed he ‘found’ the zip ties on the floor and merely picked them up so he could hand them in to a police officer. 

The FBI is said to be investigating whether any of Trump‘s supporters who attacked the U.S. Capitol were conspiring to hurt lawmakers or take them hostage. 

‘We’re not looking at this as a grand conspiracy, but we are interested in learning what people would do with things like zip ties,’ a law enforcement official told The Washington Post.

The FBI has asked for help in tracking down those responsible for ‘rioting and violence’ in the Capitol, with some of the mob already identified online. 

The top federal prosecutor for the District of Columbia has said ‘all options are on the table’ for charging the rioters, many of whom were egged on by President Donald Trump’s speech hours earlier at a rally over his election loss. 

Trump addressed his thousands of his supporters near the White House Wednesday at his ‘Save America’ rally and declared war on his own party, calling Republicans who opposed him ‘weak’

Investigators are combing through photos, videos and tips from the public to track down members of the violent mob. 

The cases in Superior Court mainly have to do with things like curfew violations and gun crimes. 

Those being tried in federal court, where prosecutors can generally secure longer sentences, are charged with things like violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, assaulting a federal law enforcement officer and threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Prosecutors say these charges are just the beginning. Authorities said Friday that said additional cases remained under seal and dozens of other people were being sought by federal agents.

US attorneys in several states, including Kentucky, Ohio and Oregon, said people could face charges in their home states if they traveled to Washington and took part in the riot. 

Investigators will also consider whether there was any concerted plot targeting Vice President Mike Pence, who enraged Trump and his loyalists by refusing to illegally intervene in Congress to overthrow the election.  

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