US authorities have apprehended three individuals linked to the violent assault on the US Capitol that transpired on January 6, 2021, marking the third anniversary of the event.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) disclosed the arrest of Jonathan D Pollock, 24, his sister Olivia M Pollock, 33, and Joseph D Hutchinson, 27, at a ranch in Groveland, Florida, as stated in an FBI release on Saturday. The trio faces charges related to assaulting officers, violent entry into the Capitol, and other felonies, with their arraignment scheduled for Monday.
The arrests follow a trail of legal proceedings initiated in April 2021, with Jonathan Pollock having eluded authorities since the initial attack. His sister and Hutchinson, initially arrested in June 2021 and released on bond, fled just before their trial in Washington, DC, last March. The FBI had offered a $30,000 reward for information leading to Jonathan Pollock’s arrest, considering him “armed and dangerous.”
According to a 53-page indictment, both Jonathan Pollock and Hutchinson were captured on video repeatedly assaulting officers during the riots. Pollock is additionally accused of seizing riot shields from officers, and he, along with Hutchinson, allegedly used one to strike an officer in the neck or face. In a prior interview in June 2021, the siblings’ brother, Gabriel Pollock, defended them, claiming a political motive behind the charges.
The January 6, 2021, attack involved thousands attempting to impede the certification of the 2020 election results, fueled by baseless allegations of election rigging against then-incumbent Republican President Donald Trump. Over 2,000 individuals breached the Capitol, causing extensive damage and sparking concerns about the stability of US democracy.
Recently, President Joe Biden criticized Trump’s inaction on January 6 and election-related falsehoods, labeling it one of the “worst derelictions of duty by a president in American history.” In response, Trump briefly addressed the events during a rally in Iowa, reiterating unverified claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.
The aftermath of the attack continues to unfold, with over 950 individuals facing federal charges related to the riot. Some are accused of seditious conspiracy, an infrequently charged yet severe offense. The US Department of Justice reported that 192 defendants have been sentenced to incarceration, and 484 have pleaded guilty to various crimes. The nation grapples with the enduring repercussions of this unprecedented assault on its democratic institutions.