Alabama Man Arrested for Assault on Law Enforcement During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach
Defendant Threw Objects, Including Wooden 4x4 and Metal Barricade, at U.S. Capitol Police
WASHINGTON — Today, an Alabama man was arrested for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes related to the presidential election.
Dillon Colby Herrington, 29, of Madison, is charged with federal offenses that include forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing or interfering with law enforcement; disorderly conduct on restricted grounds; and engaging in physical violence on grounds of the Capitol building. Herrington made his initial court appearance in the Northern District of Alabama this afternoon.
According to court documents, Herrington was on the exterior grounds of the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6. Surveillance footage captured him on two separate occasions, attempting to strike members of law enforcement with objects. First, he was captured throwing a wooden 4x4 piece of lumber in the direction of police. Additionally, Herrington threw an unknown object in the direction of police then took hold of a metal barricade and threw it in the direction of law enforcement. Investigators believe no member of law enforcement was struck in Herrington’s attempted assault.
The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama.
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, as well as the Metropolitan Police Department, with significant assistance provided by the FBI’s Birmingham Field Office.
In the 150 days since Jan. 6, approximately 465 individuals have been arrested on charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, including over 130 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.
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The charges contained in any criminal complaint or indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.