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FBI arrests York man during insurrection at U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021

A York man has been charged with moving police barricades during the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection and waving an American flag as he walked past the rotunda in the U.S. Capitol, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia.

The FBI arrested 51-year-old Gerald Powell (also known as “Jeremiah”) on May 9, 2024, according to a news release.

He has been charged with a misdemeanor count of civil disorder and the following offenses: entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly or disruptive conduct in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in any building or grounds of the Capitol , and parading, demonstrating or picketing on any Capitol building or grounds, the release said.

In the press release, which cites a court document, authorities allege that on Jan. 6, 2021, at 1:56 p.m., Powell was among a crowd of rioters on the east side of the Capitol grounds who began struggling with law enforcement to gain control of a row of bicycle racks and police barriers.

When the crowd broke through the police line, Powell was one of the first 20 rioters to pass through, the court document said.

Powell followed the others but did not immediately go to the building, the court document said. He turned and moved at least five barricades in front of police officers, widening the opening for rioters to enter the Capitol.

Powell walked into the Capitol around 2:40 p.m. and entered the Rotunda about two minutes later, the court document said. He recorded a phone video, which a tipster provided to the FBI, in which Powell proclaims: “We, the people, have made our voices heard and entered the Capitol to let our elected representatives know that we will not tolerate this . the fraud!”

Investigators allege Powell left the Rotunda around 2:44 p.m., but reentered three minutes later. He walked around the perimeter waving the American flag and then leaned the flagpole against Jonathan Trumbull’s painting, “The Surrender of General Burgoyne.” He took a megaphone out of his bag and shouted into it for about a minute, the court document states.

Powell then left the Rotunda and yelled at a newly formed police line at one of the doorways, the document said. He left the building while the riot was in progress.

Investigation into breach on January 6, 2021 is ongoing

More than 1,424 people have been charged with crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, according to a news release. Of that number, more than 500 have been charged with assaulting or obstructing law enforcement.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.