Criminal Law

A Man With Ties to the Militia Movement Charged with Assaulting an Officer During the Capitol Riot

A 24-year-old Colorado man faces federal charges after investigators allege he assaulted and threatened police officers defending the U.S. Capitol and also climbed through a broken window to enter the building during the Jan. 6 riot that disrupted the certification of the 2020 election.

Robert Gieswein, of Woodland Park, carried a bat during the riot and dressed in pseudo-military garb, including a patch for an alleged paramilitary training program he ran in Colorado that federal law enforcement used to identify him, according to a warrant for his arrest.

Gieswein on Monday turned himself into the Teller County Sheriff’s Office, according to the agency. The sheriff’s office said it will transfer him to federal authorities.

The FBI used a plethora of videos and images taken of Gieswein outside and inside the Capitol to identity him, the affidavit states, as well as an interview Gieswein gave a television journalist the day before the riot during which he referenced anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

Read the source article at denverpost.com

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