Jake Angeli, who was wearing a fur hat and horns when a crowd targeted the U.S. Capitol, imprisoned and charged with
The QAnon-supporting man who took the dais briefly during the U.S. storm Capitol was seized, the Justice Department reported Saturday, while sporting a fur hat topped with buffalo horns and wielding a spear.
Jake Angeli, of Phoenix, was on the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police list of individuals. It said it needed assistance from the public to locate President Donald Trump's supporters after the deadly siege of the Capitol building on Wednesday.
Angeli was charged with intentionally entering or staying without lawful authority in any restricted building or grounds, and with aggressive entry and disorderly activity on Capitol grounds.
According to the Justice Department, he was taken into custody Saturday morning in Phoenix. A Justice spokesperson told The Arizona Republic he is scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court next week in Phoenix.
He was among three men arrested in federal court on Saturday in connection with the riots.
Dozens of suspected Capitol siege, including the one holding the lectern of Pelosi
"A Capitol Police special agent said in a statement of facts, filed to secure an arrest warrant for Angeli, that he was able to identify Angeli through his "unique clothing and extensive tattoos covering his arms and left side of his torso.
Angeli called the FBI on his own Thursday, according to the statement of evidence, and stated he was the person who was briefly at the U.S. dais. From the Senate.
Angeli told the FBI that he had arrived in D.C. "With other 'patriots' from Arizona as part of a community initiative, at the invitation of the President, that all 'patriots' come to D.C. On January 6, 2021," reads the declaration of truth.
The affidavit and the arrest warrant were signed on Friday by a magistrate's judge.
"dressed in horns, a bearskin headdress, red, white and blue face paint, shirtless, and tan pants. This individual carried a spear, approximately 6 feet in length, with an American flag tied just below the blade,"dressed in horns, a bearskin headdress, red, white and blue face paint, shirtless, and tan pants. According to the Department of Justice, this person carried a spear, around 6 feet in length, with an American flag tied just below the blade.
He was known by the Justice Department as "Jacob Anthony Chansley, a.k.a. Jake Angeli, of Arizona."
While he officially acknowledged himself as Angeli, court documents show that he petitioned in 2005 to have his name legally changed to Jacob Anthony Angeli Chansley.
"I want my last name to be that of my step-father, my dad," he wrote in the court petition. As a minor, I was not legally adopted by my step-father. He said Angeli was the last name of his mother.
Derrick Evans, a newly elected member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, and Adam Johnson of Florida, who was pictured Wednesday holding the lectern of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, were also charged Saturday.
As soon as pictures of the Capitol raid appeared, Angeli was familiar to Arizonans. He had dressed in comparable garb for the past two years, becoming a fixture at political rallies, marches and demonstrations. In addition to his attention-getting suit, Angeli had a booming voice that could easily be heard among a crowd without the need for amplification.
On the night of the Capitol invasion, Angeli, reached on his mobile phone, declined an interview with The Arizona Republic, dissatisfied with his depiction in previous stories and videos.
However, on Thursday, as he was starting his return trip to Arizona, he spoke to NBC News.
Angeli told NBC News that he felt the day was a win for politics. "The fact that in the office hunker we had a bunch of our traitors down, put on their gas masks and retreat into their underground bunker," he said. "I think it's a win."
"He also said that by entering the U.S. Capitol, he didn't do anything wrong. "I walked through an open door, dude," he said.
At one point, photographs showed Angeli assuming the U.S. Senate dais. It was the same position where Vice President Mike Pence had stood earlier that day to lead the joint Congressional session that was scheduled to certify Joe Biden's victory.
As Senators and Representatives were hustled out of the chambers and into safety, the session was postponed for some six hours.
Angeli is one of the hundreds of people detained for the events of that day and charged with them.
"Steven D'Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI Washington field office, said in a conference call from federal officials on Friday, January 8, "Just because you left the D.C. area, you can always expect a knock on your door if we find out you were part of the Capitol illegal activity.
In 2020, the Republic interviewed Angeli as part of a series of articles and a mini-documentary on the Republican Party's increasingly influential right-wing Patriot movement in Arizona. Some adherents supported conspiracy theories, like QAnon's unfounded theory.
Angeli lived in Phoenix, but what he did for a living was not clear.
He was listed for hire on a voice-over actor website. He also sold shamanistic studies online courses. He said he also volunteered with an arts group in Phoenix that worked with young people at risk.
Angeli told the Republic in a 2020 interview a few days a week, when the spirit moved him, that he would stand alone outside the Arizona State Capitol and yell diatribes at the buildings, regardless of whether or not the legislature was in session.
Angeli was at almost every march, rally or demonstration in the Phoenix region during the 2020 campaign. Angeli was among the crowd after Election Day that protested outside election headquarters while the counting went on inside. He seemed to take a leading role, frequently being one of the speakers featured.
Usually, Angeli was holding a cardboard sign that looked purposefully weathered. It read: Q Sent Me.
It was a connection that Angeli believed and wanted to share with others to the QAnon conspiracy theory.
QAnon is a theory of wide-ranging conspiracy. But its core belief is this: A government official secretly posted vague clues about Trump's covert inquiries into a "deep state" political cabal that operated a child sex trafficking ring with top-secret "Q" clearance.
Angeli said that the emergence of the QAnon movement predated his research into the hidden organisations he claims rule the world, including the Illuminati, Trilateral Commission and Bilderberg party.
"When you do enough research, really," he said, "it's all linked together."