FBI Washington Field Office Marks Third Anniversary of January 6 Violence at the U.S. Capitol
As we mark three years since the January 6, 2021, siege of the U.S. Capitol, the FBI remains committed to working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and law enforcement partners across the nation to identify, investigate, and prosecute those responsible for the violent attack.
With the assistance of tips from the American people, 1,240 defendants have been identified and charged with participating in the riots at the Capitol. Of those, 452 were charged for assaulting law enforcement officers.
Among the most noteworthy judicial outcomes in 2023 were the significant prison sentences that the leaders and other members of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys groups received after being convicted of seditious conspiracy for their efforts to disrupt the certification of the 2020 presidential election results. Former Proud Boys leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio was sentenced to 22 years and Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes was sentenced to 18 years in prison for their respective roles in conspiring to use force to block the peaceful transfer of power.
Also in 2023, the longest sentence to date was handed down for assault on a federal officer (AFO) charges: Peter Schwartz of Pennsylvania was sentenced to 14 years for throwing a chair at a line of officers protecting the Capitol—which allowed other rioters to enter a restricted area—and spraying multiple officers with pepper spray and other chemical munitions he had stolen from police.
Other significant sentencings in 2023 included 12.5 years for Daniel “D.J.” Rodriguez for assaulting then-D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Officer Michael Fanone with an electroshock device and violently attacking other officers and destroying property. Also of note are the sentencings of Steven Cappuccio and Patrick McCaughey, to seven and seven-and-a-half years, respectively for their egregious assaults on MPD Officer Daniel Hodges. While in the tunnel of the lower west terrace of the Capitol, McCaughey pinned Officer Hodges to a door with a police shield, while Cappuccio forcefully ripped off the officer’s gas mask. Cappuccio then took Officer Hodges’ riot baton out of his hands and used it to strike him in the face. Tips from the public were instrumental in identifying McCaughey (AFO #62) and many other subjects whose photos were posted on the FBI’s U.S. Capitol Violence gallery who committed crimes at the Capitol that day.
“Three years after thousands of people violently attacked the U.S. Capitol and assaulted law enforcement officers in an unsuccessful attempt to block our democracy’s peaceful transfer of power, the FBI and our partners continue to succeed in holding them accountable,” said David Sundberg, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. “Our work is not done, however, and—with the continued help of the American people, who have provided invaluable tips and information—we remain committed to seeing it through.”
The FBI continues to seek the public’s help to identify those who committed assaults on federal officers or other violence at the Capitol on January 6. If you have any information about the individuals depicted in the videos or photos at fbi.gov/capitolviolence, please call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov. Please reference the photo number when calling or submitting information online.
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