Five Indicted for Assault on Law Enforcement During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach
Defendants Charged at Police Lines, Stole Riot Shields and Threw Objects at Police; Three Charged with Use of a Deadly Weapon
Four Florida residents were arrested on June 30 for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes related to the presidential election.
Olivia Michele Pollock, 30; Joshua Christopher Doolin, 22; and Joseph Daniel Hutchinson III, 25, all of Lakeland; as well as Michael Steven Perkins, 37, of Plant City, are charged with federal offenses that include assault on law enforcement, violent entry and disorderly conduct and theft of government property, among other charges. Jonathan Daniel Pollock, 21, of Lakeland, remains at large. Olivia Pollock, Doolin and Perkins made their initial court appearance in the Middle District of Florida on June 30. Hutchison made his initial court appearance in the Middle District of Georgia the same day.
According to court documents, Jonathan and Olivia Pollock, Hutchinson, Doolin and Perkins were on the west side of the Capitol on Jan. 6. At approximately 1:56 p.m., Jonathan Pollock and his younger brother, charged toward a line of police officers while brandishing flagpoles. As depicted in body-worn camera (BWC) footage and publicly available video, Jonathan Pollock screamed “Let’s go!” while trying to push through a metal barricade. Co-defendant Hutchinson grabbed the fence and pulled it back to provide rioters with unobstructed access to the line of police officers. Jonathan Pollock then assaulted three police officers, pulling one down a set of steps, kneeing and punching another in the face, and punching and pushing a third by the neck.
Shortly after 2 p.m., the metal barriers were overrun by rioters and the crowd was now held back by a line of police officers with riot shields. As alleged, Hutchinson charged the line of police officers and began throwing punches. Meanwhile, Jonathan Pollock seized a riot shield from an officer and engaged in a tug-of-war-style conflict before pulling the officer down the steps, breaking the officer’s grasp and taking the shield. Jonathan Pollock then held the riot shield in front of him, charged up the steps and slammed into the police line. Perkins then picked up a flagpole and thrust it into the chest of a police officer. Perkins then raised the flagpole over his head and appeared to strike an officer in the back of his head.
At approximately 2:11 p.m., Jonathan Pollock grappled with another officer and swung his arm to strike the officer while another rioter simultaneously swung at the officer with a flagpole. Hutchinson kicked the line of police officers, and Jonathan Pollock seized a riot shield which he thrust into an officer’s throat and face before thrusting the shield towards another officer. At approximately 2:12 p.m., as police officers began moving down the steps of the Capitol, Hutchinson, followed by Olivia Pollock carrying a flagpole with an American flag, stepped forward and punched an officer who stumbled. Hutchinson then grabbed the jacket sleeve of another officer before throwing them out of his way. Olivia Pollock then attempted to strip an officer of his baton. After being knocked back, Olivia Pollock raised her hands in a fighting posture, elbowed the officer in the chest and again tried to strip the baton from the officer.
By 2:55 p.m., Jonathan and Olivia Pollock, Doolin, and Perkins were standing on the ledge of the upper west terrace. Doolin had zip-tie handcuffs tucked in his belt and a riot-control chemical canister slung over his shoulder. Jonathan Pollock yelled, “Let’s go,” then climbed to the front of the bleachers, grabbed an officer by the shoulders and attempted to pull him over the railings.
By about 4:20 p.m., Jonathan Pollock and Doolin were positioned close to the entrance to the passageway that connects the lower west terrace to the interior of the Capitol building. Another rioter passed a riot shield back to Jonathan Pollock, and he positioned himself at the entrance to the tunnel. For several minutes starting at approximately 4:32 p. m., while others were throwing things at officers, Jonathan Pollock slammed and pushed a riot shield into the line of officers, pinning the officers’ shields and preventing them from defending themselves against the attack. Jonathan Pollock remained positioned with the riot shield at the entrance of the tunnel, blocking officers from advancing out of the tunnel, until at least 4:46 p.m.
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, with valuable assistance provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida and Middle District of Georgia.
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Tampa Field Office, which identified Jonathan Pollock as Capitol riot suspects #144 and Hutchinson as #320 in its seeking information photos, as well as the Metropolitan Police Department, with significant assistance provided by the U.S. Capitol Police and FBI’s Washington and Atlanta Field Offices.
In the more than 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.