An Iowa man was imprisoned early Saturday on charges accusing him of engaging in a U.S. riot. Capitol by President Donald Trump's supporters.
Sgt. Paul Parizek of the Des Moines Police said officers aided the FBI in arresting 41-year-old Doug Jensen at his home on the city's south side on Friday night.
According to news releases from the FBI's field office in Omaha, Nebraska, and the county sheriff's office, Jensen was booked into the Polk County Jail early Saturday on five federal charges, including trespassing and disorderly conduct counts.
The county sheriff's office's Sgt. Ryan Evans said Jensen was being held without bail and that he did not know whether he had an attorney. "A man who appears to be Jensen suggests he's been made a "poster child" for what happened in a seven-second, expletive-laced TikTok video posted Thursday under the username @dougjensen, and ends by saying, "Don't believe the news.
Further inquiries about the case were forwarded to the U.S. by the FBI and sheriff's office Office of the Solicitor in Washington.
During the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday, video posted online showed a man who seems to be Jensen, who is white, chasing a Black officer up an interior flight of stairs. A crowd of people is following a few steps behind. The officer says "get back" at multiple times, to no avail. Compared to the sometimes violent methods used last year in demonstrations over the killings or shootings of Black people by police, the rioting raised significant concerns about security at the Capitol and the treatment of the overwhelmingly white crowd.
The mob ransacked the house, driving legislators who voted to affirm the victory of President-elect Joe Biden into hiding for hours.
The man who appears to be Jensen wearing a stocking cap and a QAnon T-shirt over a hooded sweatshirt has also been seen in photographs taken by the Associated Press. QAnon supports a false conspiracy theory that a covert plot against "deep state" rivals and pedophiles is being led by Trump.
The man's brother, William Routh, 54, of Clarksville, Arkansas, said his brother maintained that he had not broken into the house, but that he had been let in and then shown around, even posing with officers for photographs. The video of his brother running up the stairs was also staged, he said.
"Doug never lied to me," said Routh. "He's been a decent guy all his life. He's a guy with a girlfriend. But he's like a lot of other people who are patriots, too. For the last seven or eight months, we have been told that if the Democrats get power, we will lose our country. OK. OK. OK. That frightens a lot of people.
When a reporter with KCCI-TV reached out to him via Facebook, Jensen refused to comment Thursday.
Evans, of the sheriff's office, said that although intoxicated, Jensen had a previous conviction for driving a vehicle.
Forrest & Associate Masonry in Des Moines, Jensen's employer, announced Friday that he had been fired. Richard Felice, the president & CEO of the group, told KCCI-TV that the company does not agree with his actions.