So Who Actually Participated In The Siege Of The Capitol? 

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: A pro-Trump protester carries the lectern of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi through the Roturnda of the U.S. Capitol Building after a pro-Trump mob stormed the building on Januar... WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: A pro-Trump protester carries the lectern of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi through the Roturnda of the U.S. Capitol Building after a pro-Trump mob stormed the building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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January 7, 2021 12:14 p.m.

Confusion continues to reign over the several-hour siege of the nation’s legislature Wednesday, and the lack of arrests during the event itself only compounds the issue: We don’t have police records identifying hundreds or potentially thousands who took part in the attack.

Though D.C. police have published a lengthy persons of interest document with pictures of the perps, Capitol Police on Thursday identified only fourteen arrestees by name, most for an unlawful entry offense, others for weapons violations and two for assaulting a police officer.

“Some participants in yesterday’s violence will be charged today,” Acting Attorney General Joseph Rosen said in a statement Thursday, noting that federal criminal prosecutors had worked “throughout the night” with special agents and investigators from Capitol Police, FBI, ATF and the D.C. police to identify perpetrators.

But already, there’s lots of information available to identify wrong-doers: Press photographs, as well as self-incriminating footage from hundreds of social media users, carefree about the federal laws they were in the act of violating. Here’s a sampling of high-profile individuals who’ve already been identified — with the caveat, of course, that this is a preliminary list of imperfect information.

‘Q Shaman’ 

Perhaps the most recognizable figure in the entire scrum was a guy with a painted face and horns who appeared to be Jake Angeli, otherwise known as the QAnon Shaman. Angeli is a bigtime QAnon adherent and a regular face at gatherings and protests. Here’s him sanctifying a mall.

The podcast QAnon Anonymous interviewed Angeli a few months ago. “Hollywood is full of interdimensional vampires,” he told them. After yesterday’s siege, in which he was photographed taking Mike Pence’s place on the Senate dais, Angeli recorded a video message for the people of Venezuela.

Angeli was one of the people seemingly identified as a person of interest by police (pp. 1).

TOPSHOT – Supporters of US President Donald Trump, including member of the QAnon conspiracy group Jake A, aka Yellowstone Wolf (C), enter the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. – Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by Saul LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

‘Baked Alaska’ 

Another easy one is Tim Gionet, otherwise known as Baked Alaska, a far-right influencer and live-streamer. In years past he’s hosted neo-Nazis like Richard Spencer and Andrew Anglin on his talk shows and tweeted gas chamber memes. The night prior to the attack, he was filmed on the streets of Washington, D.C. saying “I want to stand up for our race.”

How do we know he stormed the Capitol? He literally live-streamed himself in the act:

West Virginia State Rep. Derrick Evans (R-Wayne)

This is a fun one: Evans, like hundreds of others, live-streamed himself storming the Capitol Building, at one point saying, “I don’t know where we’re going, but I’m following the crowd.” But unlike hundreds of others, he’s a newly elected member of the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Richard “Bigo” Barnett

Listen, if you’re going to storm and ransack a government building, at least don’t claim credit for stealing a piece of the Speaker of the House’s mail to a New York Times reporter. And that’s exactly what it appears Arkansas man Bigo Barnett did. In fact, he downright hammed it up.

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson instantly became one of the most recognizable faces of the riot when a Getty photographer snapped him smiling and waving while lugging off a podium from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) office. The Bradenton, Florida Herald, his hometown paper, quickly confirmed his identity

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: A pro-Trump protester carries the lectern of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi through the Roturnda of the U.S. Capitol Building after a pro-Trump mob stormed the building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

This Idiot Who Wore His Work Badge To A Coup

We don’t have the name of this fellow, but he wore a badge belonging to the company Navistar Direct Marketing during the Capitol breach, and the company subsequently confirmed in a statement that the man was an employee who had been terminated “for cause,” WBAL’s Tre Ward reported.

The man was also included in the D.C. police persons of interest list (pp. 14).

Josiah Colt

Colt hails from Idaho, a state with rich history of anti-government extremism.

That was on full display yesterday, with the Gem Stater not only reaching the dais of the Senate and posing for pictures, but also bragging about it endlessly on the internet, where an old high school classmate quickly recognized him. The Idaho Statesman took it from there.


“I’m in downtown D.C.,” he said in one dispatch. “I’m all over the news now. But, like, I’m just like every single one of those people that was marching. A peaceful protest, we’re here to represent America … we’re tired of being lied to. We’re tired of people stealing from us, stealing our freedoms, stealing our liberties. I didn’t hurt anybody in there. Like, yeah, I did sit in Nancy Pelosi’s seat. She shouldn’t be there.”

He didn’t sit in Nancy Pelosi’s seat, he sat in Mike Pence’s. But Colt did seemingly admit to a crime. Per the Statesmen, he is not in custody.

Aaron Mostofsky

Aaron Mostofsky wore a suit of furs, a police vest and a pelt cap to the insurrection. He carried a wooden cane and a police riot shield. He’s from Brooklyn.

And, wouldn’t you know it, he’s the son of the Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Shlomo Mostofsky. It probably wasn’t wise to admit to The New York Post that he stormed the Capitol, nor that he did it because “the election was Stolen.” Gothamist has more, or check out that Post interview below — yes, it was on video. And Aaron gave his name.

This post has been updated.

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