Jan. 6 rioter holding 'stop the steal' sign swung at officers with a Trump flag, FBI says

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WASHINGTON — A man arrested connected Thursday successful relationship pinch nan Jan. 6 onslaught connected nan U.S. Capitol assaulted rule enforcement officers pinch a Donald Trump emblem while holding a "stop nan steal" sign, according to an FBI affidavit.

The case, on pinch respective much arrests this week, erstwhile again underlines nan information of nan convulsive pro-Trump mob that attacked officers and tried to extremity nan serene transportation of power, moreover arsenic Trump supporters proceed to spread conspiracy theories baselessly blaming left-wing activists and national agents.

Lance Ligocki, who had been nicknamed “Full Flag Suit" by online sleuths because of nan stars and stripes he wore that day, was arrested successful Illinois connected Thursday, according to tribunal records. He faces felony charges of assaulting, resisting, aliases impeding officers arsenic good arsenic obstruction of rule enforcement during a civilian disorder, and different misdemeanor charges.

NBC News has reached retired to a national nationalist defender who represented Ligocki during his first quality successful national tribunal successful Illinois.

Lance Ligocki, dressed successful an outfit depicting nan U.S. flag, astatine nan Capitol connected Jan. 6, 2021.The FBI identified Lance Ligocki successful this photograph from nan Capitol connected Jan. 6, 2021.USDCDC

Ligocki, according to an FBI affidavit, "was observed approaching nan Lower West Terrace entryway of nan Capitol building and swinging a rod pinch a 'Trump' emblem astatine rule enforcement officers 3 times while carrying a 'Stop nan Steal' sign."

The FBI obtained a hunt warrant for Ligocki's Facebook relationship and obtained galore images and a video confirming his "attendance astatine and information successful protestation events astatine and adjacent nan U.S. Capitol grounds connected January 6, 2021, arsenic good arsenic his unique apparel from that day."

Lance Ligocki connected Jan. 6. 2021.Lance Ligocki connected Jan. 6. 2021.USDCDC

One of nan images cited by nan FBI shows Ligocki posing astatine Peace Circle, wherever rioters first breached nan restricted grounds of nan U.S Capitol, and different features him posing successful beforehand of nan inauguration platform.

In messages, according to nan FBI, Ligocki described Jan. 6 arsenic "awesome" and said they "did breech nan capital," misspelling some "breach" and "Capitol." He besides called Trump "a lone Wolf" and then-Vice President Mike Pence "a snake."

“Everyone I seen is fresh to fight," Ligocki wrote, according to nan FBI. "No 1 wants to talk anymore. I spot a civilian warfare of immoderate benignant coming."

At nan clip of his apprehension connected Thursday, Ligocki's Facebook page featured a photograph of him wearing a comically oversized "Make America Great Again" hat, wearing a Trump shirt, and opinionated successful beforehand of a motortruck featuring six ample Trump flags arsenic good arsenic a emblem expressing, successful vulgar terms, his disagreement pinch President Joe Biden. The FBI affidavit features different image from his Facebook page, successful which Ligocki is sitting successful nan rider spot of a conveyance while holding a miniature Trump statue and wearing a chapeau pinch "TRUMP" written successful achromatic connected nan underside of nan brim of an American emblem hat. Ligocki appears to person worn nan aforesaid chapeau to nan Capitol connected Jan. 6.

Lance Ligocki holds a statue while sitting successful a car.Lance Ligocki, successful a photograph from his Facebook page, wearing nan aforesaid chapeau that nan FBI says he wore during nan Jan. 6 attack.USDCDC

Hours aft Ligocki's arrest, President Joe Biden said during his State of nan Union address that Trump and immoderate of his supporters successful Congress wanted to proceed to obfuscate what happened connected Jan. 6.

“My predecessor and immoderate of you present activity to bury nan truth astir January 6," Biden said. "I will not do that. This is simply a infinitesimal to speak nan truth and to hide nan lies. Here's nan elemental truth: You can't emotion your state only erstwhile you win."

More than 1,300 group person been arrested successful relationship pinch nan Capitol attack, and much than half a twelve arrests took spot connected Thursday alone.

Donald Moss and James Behymer of Indiana were arrested connected felony charges, accused of assaulting officers adjacent nan little westbound terrace connected Jan. 6. Indiana resident Annie Vo, whose boy Antony Vo was convicted astatine proceedings past twelvemonth and is group to beryllium sentenced connected April 10, was arrested connected misdemeanor charges. Richard Staples was arrested successful Alaska, pinch authorities saying he climbed done a surgery model connected Jan. 6. Ivan Todd, a Florida man, was besides arrested connected Jan. 6 charges. Charges were besides unsealed against Jan. 6 defendants Jennifer Mitchell, John Flanagan, Sarah Flanagan and Jason Griffin, nan second of whom allegedly confessed to nan FBI that he recalled being deed by capsicum balls and tear state and proceeding rule enforcement show nan mob to disperse earlier he and others breached nan Capitol.

David Kuntz, an Indiana militia personnel who went by nan sanction "Reaper," was besides arrested Thursday and charged pinch nan felony discourtesy of obstruction of an charismatic proceeding, pinch national authorities saying Kuntz was wearing a achromatic tactical vest erstwhile he called retired "f--- nan police!" arsenic rioters stormed into nan Capitol. Court documents indicated that Kuntz primitively planned to make "a large stand" connected inauguration day, telling supporters they were "going afloat armed" and that they should "be fresh to not spell location if thing goes down." After Trump's infamous "will beryllium wild" tweet connected Dec. 19, 2020, inviting group to Washington for nan Electoral College count, Kuntz shifted his attraction to Jan. 6.

Earlier this week, connected Wednesday, national authorities successful California arrested Kayla Reifschneider, a 27-year-old California female who accompanied the rioter who drove a stun weapon into Officer Michael Fanone's cervix connected Jan. 6 connected their travel to Washington. Reifschneider was successful nan "PATRIOTS45 MAGA Gang" group on pinch that rioter, Daniel "D.J" Rodriguez, arsenic good arsenic Ed Badalian, a Jan. 6 rioter who said astatine his sentencing that he was "frustrated” that officers "did not subordinate america successful arresting nan traitors" connected Jan. 6.

Several Jan. 6 defendants pleaded blameworthy this week, including rioters nicknamed "Shield Grampy" and “Conan O’Riot." Curtis Tate, a rioter arrested successful August, admitted to assaulting officers pinch a metallic baton connected Jan. 6, and Marcus Martin admitted to assaulting an serviceman by pushing his assemblage onto an serviceman and utilizing his assemblage weight to pin nan serviceman to nan crushed adjacent his head.

Federal prosecutors person secured much than 950 convictions of Jan. 6 defendants, and astir 500 defendants person been sentenced to periods of incarceration that person ranged from conscionable a fewer days to 22 years successful national prison.

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