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Seven Months Since the Jan. 6 Attack on the Capitol

Friday, Aug. 6 marks seven months since the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol that disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the process of affirming the presidential election results. As estimated by the Architect of the Capitol, the attack caused approximately $1.5 million worth of damage to the U.S. Capitol building.

Under the continued leadership of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the attack continues to move forward at an unprecedented speed and scale. The Department of Justice’s resolve to hold accountable those who committed crimes on Jan. 6 has not, and will not, wane.

Based on the public court documents, below is a snapshot of the investigation as of Friday, Aug. 6. Complete versions of the public court documents used to compile these statistics are available on the Capitol Breach Investigation Resource Page at https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/capitol-breach-cases.

Arrests made: Over 570 defendants have been arrested in nearly all 50 states (this includes those charged in both District and Superior Court).

Criminal charges:

  • At least 175 defendants have been charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers or employees, including over 55 individuals who have been charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon or causing serious bodily injury to an officer.
    • Approximately 140 police officers were assaulted Jan. 6at the Capitol including about 80 U.S. Capitol Police and about 60 from the Metropolitan Police Department. 
  • Approximately nine individuals have been arrested on a series of charges that relate to assaulting a member of the media, or destroying their equipment, on Jan. 6.
  • Over 500 defendants have been charged with entering or remaining in a restricted federal building or grounds.
    • Over 60 defendants have been charged with entering a restricted area with a dangerous or deadly weapon.
    • Over 35 defendants have been charged with destruction of government property, and almost 30 defendants have been charged with theft of government property.
  • At least 240 defendants have been charged with corruptly obstructing, influencing, or impeding an official proceeding, or attempting to do so.
  • Approximately 40 defendants have been charged with conspiracy, either: (a) conspiracy to obstruct a congressional proceeding, (b) conspiracy to obstruct law enforcement during a civil disorder, (c) conspiracy to injure an officer, or (d) some combination of the three. 

Pleas:

  • More than 30 individuals have pleaded guilty to a variety of federal charges, from misdemeanors to felony obstruction, many of whom will face incarceration at sentencing.
    • More than 25 have pleaded guilty to misdemeanors. Eight have pleaded guilty to felonies.
    • Two have pleaded guilty to felony assault on law enforcement which carries a maximum statutory penalty of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencings:

  • Six defendants have had their cases adjudicated and received sentences for their criminal activity on Jan. 6. At least 15 more defendants will be sentenced in the next 100 days.

Public Assistance:

  • Citizens from around the country have provided more than 200,000 digital media tips, and the FBI continues to request the public’s assistance in identifying individuals sought in connection to the January 6th attack.
    • In particular, the FBI is currently seeking the public’s assistance in identifying more than 300 individuals believed to have committed violent acts on the Capitol grounds, including over 200 who assaulted police officers.
  • Additionally, the FBI has released 11 new videos of suspects in violent assaults on federal officers on January 6th and is seeking the public’s help to identify them. For images and video of the attackers, please visit https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/capitol-violence. Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.
Updated August 6, 2021

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