Five people associated with the far-right group America First, according to federal investigators, have been arrested in connection with last year’s attack on the United States Capitol.
In addition to numerous criminal charges, they are charged with entering the conference room of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to a court file.
The Justice Department said in the filing that America First’s leadership “has assumed a belief that they are defending themselves against the demographic and cultural changes in America.”
Members of the group are commonly referred to as ‘Groypers’.
One of the defendants, Joseph Brody, 23, of Springfield, Virginia, is charged with assaulting, resisting or obstructing law enforcement, causing bodily harm, interfering with a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder, and obstructing an official procedure.
NBC News has asked Brody’s attorney for comment.
In the complaint affidavit filed last week, FBI investigators said Brody and the four other defendants entered the Capitol together on January 6, 2021, and that CCTV footage showed the group moving through the building and “disrupting the U.S. Congressional proceedings along with other rioters, for more than 30 minutes.”
Brody is accused of entering Pelosi’s office with Thomas Carey, 21, of Pittsburgh; Gabriel Chase, 22, of Gainesville, Florida; Jon Lizak, 21, of Cold Spring Harbor, New York; and Paul Ewald Lovley, 23, of Halethorpe, Maryland. Brody’s co-defendants are charged with felony.
Investigators also said Brody entered the Senate on the Senate floor and took photos or videos of the senators’ desks. Brody is accused of helping another rioter use a metal barricade against a Capitol police officer, who was beaten back when he tried to secure the door.
According to the file, the group also looked into the destruction of media equipment, which was surrounded by metal barricades, with Brody and Chase taking part in the destruction.
Brody, known to online sleuths as #suitguy, is seen in a charcoal-colored suit and striped tie with an American flag-style neck guard in screenshots from Jan. 6 and open source media cited in the affidavit.
More than 850 people have been arrested in connection with the Capitol attack and more than 350 have been convicted.
Last week, a Jan. 6 rioter wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt inside the Capitol was sentenced to 75 days in prison, while another supporter of former President Donald Trump admitted to dragging an officer down the Capitol steps and other officers. to tell them they were ‘dead last night’. Three other defendants were convicted of felony.
Hundreds of others may be charged but have not yet been arrested.