Man who 'repeatedly' assaulted multiple officers during Capitol riot planned, boasted on a social media account named for Trump, authorities say
In this January 6, 2021 file, photo rioters who support President Donald Trump storm the Washington Capitol. AP photo
A New Jersey man was arrested Wednesday for his role in the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
Court documents allege that Christopher Quaglin attacked several police officers during the riot.
Quaglin's search history after the siege shows eight visits to the FBI's Find Information page.
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A New Jersey man accused of "repeatedly attacking multiple law enforcement officers" during the January 6th Capitol riot was arrested and charged for participating in the attack months after his Internet search history indicated he was worried about this exact result.
Christopher Joseph Quaglin was arrested Wednesday for assault, resisting or obstruction of certain officials or employees, civil disorder and obstruction of official process, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Quaglin practically appeared before a federal court on Wednesday, where a judge decided to release him on house arrest, according to NJ.com.
Court documents state that Quaglin participated in the siege of the Capitol in Washington, DC, where he led the indictment into the building and attacked numerous officials during the trial, including attacking authorities with a stolen riot watch and spraying them with a "chemical irritant." officers trying to stop the break-in.
Quaglin wore a red, white, and blue shirt, a black helmet with an attached camera, and a gas mask, and was easily recognizable in video footage from that day. According to authorities, Quaglin shows Quaglin attacking both Capitol and Metropolitan Police Department officers several times in different locations throughout the afternoon.
Before rioters broke through the building, Quaglin can be seen on body-worn camera footage of officers approaching the police line separated by a fence and dealing with officers who "appear to have not been provoked."
"You don't want this fight. You don't want this fight. You're on the wrong side. You're going to bring a gun, I'm going to bring a gun," Quaglin said. "You're waiting! Stay there like a fucking sheep! This guy doesn't know what the f --- is going on."
In another video, Quaglin can be seen pushing an officer who is holding the perimeter. According to reports, the surveillance footage shows Quaglin engaging with an officer while appearing "increasingly excited and pointing his finger" before "holding and squeezing" the officer's neck, which appears to have contributed to the officer beginning to fall .
Court documents say additional footage shows Quaglin physically pushing at least five different officers during the chaos of the break-in.
Quaglin is also accused of spraying a chemical irritant on officials trying to prevent the rioters from entering the Capitol.
In the aftermath of the riot, law enforcement officials said they received a tip from an anonymous source who posted live videos of the riot on Facebook from Quaglin's "Chris Trump" Facebook account.
The witness told authorities that Quaglin frequently published information on the 2020 presidential election and the January 6 visit to the Capitol on his social media reports. According to legal records, many of Quaglin's posts were deleted from the Capitol on January 7th.
That didn't prevent Quaglin from publicly planning his involvement prior to the attack or from boasting about it immediately after the event.
After Joe Biden's win in November, Quaglin reportedly sent a series of Facebook messages to other accounts suggesting his possible involvement in the attack.
"I'm going to go to war ... I'm writing my letter to my wife and people will have it ... But I may not even make it back," Quaglin reportedly wrote on Facebook in November. "It's over ... I'll fight if not ... like on the streets in DC. Full body armor."
In a video taped from his hotel room after the January attack, authorities said Quaglin said, "I've been sprayed with pepper like twenty times, I'm sure I'll make the news."
Authorities investigated Quaglin's Google account history after the riot and found a "guy sprayed with capital" search that was conducted on January 8th. On January 20, his story features visits to a webpage titled "Countries Where Citizenship and Residence Can Be Purchased or Passport."
And between January 28 and January 31, Quaglin's account history shows a total of eight visits to the FBI's "information search" for the Capitol's violence website.
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