On January 6, 2021, a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., disrupting a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the process of affirming the presidential election results.
The mob breached the Capitol building, forcing Congress to go into lockdown and damaging the halls of government. The attack on the Capitol was widely condemned by politicians from both parties and by world leaders. It was seen as an assault on American democracy and an attempt to overturn the results of a free and fair election. The FBI launched an investigation into the attack, and numerous people have been arrested, charged, and sentenced in connection with the incident.
One of the latest arrests being made in connection with the violent breach of the Capitol building took place a few days ago in California. The 56-year-old Eric Christie was taken into custody on Thursday after an hourslong standoff with law enforcement in the Van Nuys neighborhood in the central San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles.
The FBI said that they have established during their investigation that Christie was present at the Capitol riot, where he wore a “Make America Great Again” hat and had a hammer attached to his belt.
According to authorities, Christie initially did not comply with a search warrant, but federal agents were able to convince him to surrender and take him into custody after several hours of negotiations. He faces charges of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly weapon and disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly weapon.