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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Illinois Man Arrested on Felony and Misdemeanor Charges for Actions During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

Defendant Accused of Impeding Officers in Rotunda

            WASHINGTON — An Illinois man was arrested today on felony and misdemeanor charges for his actions during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election.

            Tyng Jing Yang, 60, of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, is charged in a criminal complaint filed in the District of Columbia with interfering with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder, a felony, and four related misdemeanor offenses. Yang was arrested in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. He is expected to make his initial appearance later today in the Northern District of Illinois.

            According to court documents, Yang was among rioters illegally on the grounds of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. He entered the Capitol Building through the Upper West Terrace Doors and made his way up a flight of stairs and into a lobby area outside of the Rotunda. He then entered the Rotunda, where he posed for photos. When law enforcement officers attempted to clear the crowd, Yang forcibly interfered by physically grabbing hold of an officer’s baton. The officer had been using the baton to push back against others in the mob.

            This 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 Illinois.

            The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Chicago Field Office. Valuable assistance was provided by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the U.S. Capitol Police, and the Metropolitan Police Department.

            In the 22 months since Jan. 6, 2021, nearly 900 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 275 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing. 

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

            A complaint is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

Updated November 16, 2022