Michigan Man Arrested For Assault on Law Enforcement During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach
Third Superseding Indictment Adds Defendant to Case; He is Now Among Eight Arrested in Attack on Police
WASHINGTON — A Michigan man was arrested today 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.
Justin Jersey, 31, of Flint, is charged with federal offenses that include assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers and inflicting bodily injury, civil disorder, and entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon, among other charges. Jersey was arrested in Flint and made his initial court appearance today in the Eastern District of Michigan. He was detained pending further court proceedings in the District of Columbia.
Jersey was named as an additional defendant in a third superseding indictment returned in the District of Columbia in a case that previously included seven other defendants: Logan James Barnhart, of Lansing, Michigan; Michael John Lopatic Sr., of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Ronald Colton McAbee, of Unionville, Tennessee; Clayton Ray Mullins, of Benton, Kentucky; Jeffrey Sabol, of Kittredge, Colorado; Peter Francis Stager, of Conway, Arkansas, and Jack Wade Whitton, of Locust Grove, Georgia. All are charged with assaulting law enforcement and related offenses. The superseding indictment adds civil disorder charges against Sabol and Whitton.
According to the indictment, Jersey, at approximately 4:27 p.m., participated in an assault of a Metropolitan Police Department officer, then armed himself with a baton, which he used to strike at other MPD officers.
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 Eastern District of Michigan.
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, which identified Jersey as #106 in its seeking information photos, as well as the Flint Resident Agency of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office. Significant assistance has been provided in the investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department, the U.S. Capitol Police, and other FBI field offices.
In the 10 months since Jan. 6, more than 675 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 210 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.