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U.S. Capitol breach | Donald Trump backer seen in horned fur hat charged

A protester screams “Freedom” inside the Senate chamber after the U.S. Capitol was breached by a mob during a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. The protester, identified as Jacob Anthony Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, was charged in federal court on January 9, 2021.   | Photo Credit: Getty Images/AFP

Authorities announced new arrests and charges on January 9 over the violent incursion into the U.S. Capitol, including a tattoo-chested man in a horned hat whose image was beamed around the world.

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That man, Jacob Anthony Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, and two others — one of them a newly elected state official — were charged in federal court in connection with the violence, according to the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Chansley was charged with “knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds”.

The statement alleged that Mr. Chansley was “the man seen in media coverage who entered the Capitol building dressed in horns, a bearskin headdress, red, white and blue face paint, shirtless, and tan pants, while carrying a long spear with an American flag tied to it”.

Mr. Chansley’s seeming resemblance to singer Jay Kay sparked a worldwide buzz on social media, prompting the Jamiroquai frontman to issue a statement making clear that he was nowhere near Washington when the pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, including Jake Angeli, a QAnon supporter known for his painted face and horned hat, protest in the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, including Jake Angeli, a QAnon supporter known for his painted face and horned hat, protest in the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.   | Photo Credit: AFP

 

Mr. Chansley describes himself as a “digital soldier” of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory that claims Mr. Trump is waging a secret war against a global liberal cult of Satan-worshipping pedophiles.

The two other men were Derrick Evans, 35, a recently elected member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, and Adam Johnson, 36, of Florida.

Several of the intruders made their identification simple. Mr. Evans is seen on one video, according to the U.S. attorney’s office, shouting as he crossed the threshold into the Capitol, “We’re in, we’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!”

Protesters enter the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Protesters enter the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.   | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Mr. Johnson was identified from widely circulated photos showing him smiling and waving for a camera as he carries the lectern of the House speaker Nancy Pelosi as a prize through the Capitol Rotunda.

The Justice Department said on January 8 that 15 others had been charged over the incursion, including one man accused of possessing bombs.

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