Two Men Arrested for Assault on Law Enforcement During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach
Defendants Allegedly Sprayed Law Enforcement with Chemical Agent
Two men were arrested on Oct. 6 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.
Cody Mattice, 28, of Brockport, New York, and James Phillip Mault, 29, also of Brockport, who now resides in Fayetteville, North Carolina, are charged with federal offenses that include assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers using a dangerous weapon or inflicting bodily injury; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; and civil disorder, among other charges. Both defendants made their initial court appearances on Oct. 8, Mault in the Eastern District of North Carolina, and Mattice in the Northern District of New York. Both remain detained.
As depicted in video taken on U.S. Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, Mattice and Mault were seen together as Mattice attempted to recover from a recent exposure to pepper spray. In the video, Mault praised Mattice for confronting law enforcement officers after being pepper sprayed, as alleged. According to court documents, another mobile device captured Mattice and Mault confronting law enforcement officers at a barrier leading up to the Capitol. Mattice was seen ripping down the barrier which gave access for protestors to bypass law enforcement. In addition, open-source photo captured Mattice using a chemical agent in the direction where law enforcement officers were known to be standing. Mault, who was standing next to Mattice, also sprayed the chemical agent in the same direction. Body-worn camera (BWC) footage showed Mault spraying a chemical agent at police at 4:06 p.m. Additional Capitol security camera footage from the lower west terrace entrance showed Mault and Mattice using the chemical agent.
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 New York and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, which identified Mattice as #284 and Mault as #142 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 Buffalo Field Office.
In the eight months since Jan. 6, more than 600 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including at least 185 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.
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