Former FBI Agent and Another Man Arrested for Involvement in January 6th Capitol Riot
A former FBI special agent and supervisory special agent, Jared L. Wise, was arrested in Oregon on Monday on misdemeanor charges related to the January 6th Capitol riot. Wise allegedly entered the Capitol building illegally, remaining inside for approximately nine minutes before leaving through a Senate window. He is facing four federal crimes, including illegally entering and remaining in the Capitol building, as well as calling police officers Nazis and encouraging rioters to kill them. Wise worked at the FBI for over a decade, rising through the ranks to supervisory special agent before leaving the bureau in 2017. The FBI has not commented on Wise's arrest beyond referring to public court records.
Wise's arrest follows the arrest of another man, Daniel C. Ball, who was charged with detonating an explosive device in a Capitol tunnel during the January 6th riot. Ball, from Homosassa, Florida, is the only known defendant to be charged with setting off an explosive device during the violent clashes between Donald Trump's supporters and law enforcement during the attack. Authorities say the 38-year-old “worked with other rioters to violently push against fully uniformed police officers attempting to keep individuals out of the Capitol Building” before throwing “an explosive device into the entranceway.” According to the FBI, officers reported experiencing hearing difficulties following the explosion. Ball now faces 12 charges, including assaulting, resisting or impeding officers with a deadly or dangerous weapon, and using an explosive to commit any felony.
As per court records, an FBI specialist in explosives who analyzed the images and recordings of the blast inside the tunnel “was not able to conclusively identify the precise dimensions, charge size, or whether the explosive device thrown was improvised or commercially manufactured.” According to officials, Ball collaborated with others to resist the efforts of fully uniformed police officers who were trying to prevent people from entering the Capitol Building. Prosecutors state that Ball threw an explosive device into the entranceway after returning to the crowd when the initial attempt failed.
The January 6th Capitol riot remains a significant event in American history, with numerous arrests and charges still being made more than two years later. The attack on the Capitol building disrupted the certification of the 2020 presidential election results and led to the deaths of several people, including a Capitol police officer. The ongoing investigation into the events of that day serves as a reminder of the importance of upholding democratic institutions and the rule of law.
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