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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 7, 2021

Federal authorities investigating any potential violations of federal law by residents of Southern District of Ohio at U.S. Capitol

COLUMBUS, Ohio – United States Attorney David M. DeVillers reiterated today that his office, in coordination with the Cincinnati Division of the FBI, will investigate any potential violations of federal crime at the United States Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021 committed by individuals from the Southern District of Ohio.

 

“We are in continual contact with the FBI and they are actively investigating,” DeVillers said. “There is no set timeframe for investigations to conclude.”

 

Individuals in the Southern District of Ohio with information related to the commission of federal crimes at the Capitol are asked to contact the FBI at 513-421-4310. Additionally, tips may be submitted to the FBI at fbi.gov/USCapitol.

 

DeVillers noted federal statutes that may be applicable, including:

 

  • 18 United States Code section 231 – Civil Disorder, which prohibits adversely affecting any federally protected function or obstructing any law enforcement officer from the performance of official duties, punishable by up to five years in prison.
  • 18 United States Code section 2101 – The Federal Riot Act, which applies to anyone who traveled interstate to incite, promote, or participate in a riot. This includes anyone who aided or abetted individuals who carried on a riot or committed a violent crime in furtherance of a riot. The crime is punishable by up to five years in prison.
  • 18 United States Code section 2383 – Rebellion or insurrection. This law states that whoever incites, assists or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the United States faces up to 10 years in prison.

 

“Investigations are ongoing, and we are unable to comment further at this time,” DeVillers said.

 

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Updated January 7, 2021