Shane Jason Woods becomes the 500th arrested – and the first to be charged with assault on a member of the media, law enforcement says.
An Illinois man became Thursday the first person accused of attacking journalists during the Assault on January 6th on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, marking a total of 500 people arrested in connection with the uprising.
Shane Jason Woods, 43, of Auburn, Illinois, also known as Shane Castleman, has also been charged with crimes including law enforcement and physical violence in a restricted building, the Justice Department said. the United States.
Attorney General Merrick Garland promoted the arrest in a statement Thursday, noting that the department has now arrested him. 500 people who participated in the violence.
“We have now crossed the threshold of 500 arrested, including the 100th arrest of a defendant accused of assaulting a federal law enforcement officer, ”Garland said.
“This morning, we arrested our first defendant on charges that include assaulting a member of the media.”
Five people died after the uprising, including one Capitol police officer.
“The Department of Justice will continue to follow up the facts in this case and charge what the evidence supports to hold all the Jan. 6 perpetrators accountable,” Garland said.
According to court records, Woods was recorded on video with a Trump baseball hat and Trump face mask while walking around a area restricted to the Capitol, and assaulting a U.S. Capitol Police officer, causing him to stumble and fall to the ground.
Woods was also caught snapping on camera directing reporters filming the attack on the Capitol, and was among a larger crowd of people “shouting inflammatory rhetoric” against the media.
In a video, the FBI said Woods could be seen “walking close to a cameraman wearing blue jeans and a blue jacket” and then facing the cameraman on the ground.
“The manner of attack on the cameraman was very similar to the attack” to the U.S. Capitol Police officer, the complaint said.
The riots stormed the Capitol to plant a joint session of Congress to certify the electoral victory of President Joe Biden in the hope that Trump would continue to be commander-in-chief.