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Ohio Man Arrested on Felony and Misdemeanor Charges For Actions During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia

            WASHINGTON — An Ohio man has been arrested 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.

            Trevor Cain, 38, of Aurora, Ohio, is charged with the felony offense of obstruction of an official proceeding; and misdemeanor offenses of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in any of the Capitol buildings; and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in any of the Capitol buildings.

            Cain was arrested in Akron, Ohio, and will make his initial appearance today in the Northern District of Ohio.

            According to court documents, on Jan. 6, 2021, Cain traveled from Cleveland, Ohio, to Washington, D.C., to attend the rally of President Trump to register his dissent with the 2020 Presidential Election. After attending the rally, Cain joined the procession of persons toward the United States Capitol building.

            Court documents state that Cain entered the Capitol building through the Senate wing doors at approximately 2:20 p.m. while filming a video with his phone, which was later obtained by federal law enforcement authorities. According to court records, a voice recognizable as Cain’s states in the video “we are inside the Capitol building dude. Patriots, unbelievable.” Cain then proceeded to the Capitol Crypt and led the mob in chants and singing as they climbed the steps leading from the Crypt toward the Rotunda. Court documents state that Cain arrived in the Rotunda at approximately 2:34 p.m. In additional videos taken from his cell phone, Cain can be heard stating, “Yeah, we had to break a door and a window to get back in here. Hey, but it’s our house so it’s ok anyways” and likening the day’s events to “1776.”

            Cain is later observed walking and parading around the Rotunda, narrating videos on his cell phone, and singing songs. At one point, Cain proceeded from the Rotunda to a hallway near the U.S. Senate and attempted to direct others towards it as well.  According to Capitol closed-circuit television footage, Cain exited the Capitol building at approximately 2:51 p.m. Outside of the Capitol, Cain gave an interview that was ultimately published on YouTube, in which he stated, “History was in the air, man. History was in the air. And before you know it, we’re storming like the . . . beaches of Normandy, the Capitol, take it back, because it’s not some dumb phrase, this is our house.”

            This case is being prosecuted by the United States 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 United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio.

            This case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington and Cleveland Field Offices. Valuable assistance was provided by the United States Capitol Police, and the Metropolitan Police Department.

            In the 29 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 1,000 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including nearly 350 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

            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 June 26, 2023

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 23-353