Friday, February 26, 2021

FBI arrests Republican lawmaker who stormed Capitol with pro-Trump mob

Enlarge /. Derrick Evans screams on his Facebook livestream as a mob enters the US Capitol.

Derrick Evans

West Virginia state legislature who was part of a pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol was arrested today and is on trial by federal authorities.

Derrick Evans, a newly elected Republican who was sworn in at the West Virginia House of Delegates last month, streamed live on Facebook on Wednesday as the mob broke into the Capitol. On Friday, Evans was "accused of entering a restricted area of ​​the US Capitol," the Associated Press reported, citing a Justice Department official.

"Ken Kohl, a senior assistant federal attorney in Washington, announced the indictment against the Republican state of Del. Derrick Evans in a call bringing dozens of new charges against members of the crowd who forcibly stormed the Capitol on Wednesday," he wrote AP.

WSAZ reporter Chad Hendrick posted a video showing Evans being taken into custody by FBI agents this afternoon:

#BREAKING WV delegate Derrick Evans has been taken into federal custody.

He is charged after allegedly entering a restricted area of ​​the U.S. Capitol with rioters on Wednesday.

A woman who said he was his grandmother came out and told us to leave when he was put in a car. #WSAZ pic.twitter.com/wK2RqFcaF7

– Chad Hedrick (@WSAZChadHedrick) January 8, 2021

"WSAZ was the only news agency in Evans' home in Wayne County when the FBI made the arrest on Friday," the news site wrote.

To update: The complaint and arrest warrant were published by The Wayne County News. Evans has been charged with entering a restricted building "without legitimate authority" and "violent entry and disorderly conduct for the sake of the Capitol."

Evans' video made it easy to identify

Law enforcement agencies have been researching social media posts to identify rioters, and Evans has made it especially easy for authorities to identify him. While broadcasting himself live, Evans yelled, "We're in! We're in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!" In another video he posted before the Capitol Assault, he said, "Pray that the patriots, the constitutional Americans, the people who are fed up with liberals ruling this country and stealing elections, will come from the United States Get up on the couch and force it to show up today and send a message. "

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Evans' actions have been condemned by both Republican and Democratic officials in West Virginia. Evans claimed he was "just there as an independent member of the media on film history," and his lawyer said Evans will not leave the state legislature.

"Evans' attorney said in a statement Thursday that his client had no choice but to enter the Capitol because of the crowd he was in." Mr. Evans didn't realize it wasn't him. I'm not allowed to follow the crowd into this public area of ​​the Capitol where members of the public were already, ”according to CNN.

One of the other arrests announced today was Richard Barnett, who posted a photo of himself in Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi's office during the break-in. He was arrested in Arkansas.

"Just because you left the DC area, you can still expect a knock on the door if we find out you were part of the criminal activity at the Capitol," FBI official Steven D & # 39; antuono said, according to Politico. "We do not save costs, personnel or efforts to exterminate and find these perpetrators." There could also be arrests for theft of laptops from members of Congress, including a laptop stolen from Pelosi's office.

Listing image by Derrick Evans

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