Criminal complaints include a description of the moment when Vice President Mike Pence and members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives were told to evacuate their chambers.
The first known federal charges stemming from Wednesday’s mob riot at the U.S. Capitol were unsealed in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday afternoon, laying out an official account of the chaos that interrupted the Electoral College vote count.
Criminal complaints against Mark Jefferson Leffingwell and Christopher Michael Alberts were among the first to be unsealed. Each contained a statement of facts that included a description of the moment when Vice President Mike Pence and members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives were told to evacuate their chambers.
The documents said that, at about 2 p.m. “certain individuals in the crowd forced their way through, up, and over the barricades and officers of the U.S. Capitol Police, and the crowd advanced to the exterior facade of the building. … Individuals in the crowd forced entry into the U.S. Capitol, including by breaking windows.”
The joint session of Congress was suspended until shortly after 8 p.m., the documents said.
“Vice President Pence remained in the United States Capitol from the time he was evacuated from the Senate Chamber until the session resumed,” the complaints state.
The complaint against Leffingwell alleges he attempted to push past police officers inside the Capitol. When they stopped him, Leffingwell allegedly punched a Capitol police officer “repeatedly with a closed fist.” The officer was allegedly struck on a helmet and in the chest. Officers then took Leffingwell into custody, it said.
The complaint also said “Leffingwell spontaneously apologized for striking the officer.”
“When told that the officer who Leffingwell had struck was me, Leffingwell apologized to me for striking me,” the complaining officer wrote.
The complaint against Alberts alleges he was identified using a Maryland driver’s license. It said that, following the declaration of a 6 p.m. curfew in D.C., a Metropolitan Police officer was escorting people past a police line at 7:25 p.m. and noticed “a bulge on Alberts’ right hip.” It said Albets was also wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying a backpack.
When the officer told colleagues that Alberts had a gun, Alberts allegedly heard and tried to flee, but was caught by officers. The complaint alleges Alberts had a handgun with one round in the chamber and a full, 12-round capacity magazine, along with a second spare magazine. Officers said he also carried a gas mask, and his backpack contained a pocket knife, a military “meal-ready to eat” or MRE, and a first-aid kit.
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A person suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound in the incident, state police said. The circumstances of the shooting were unclear.
During remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, on Thursday, Joe Biden says people should not call the hundreds of Donald Trump supporters who broke into the Capitol protesters. Rather, he says, they are “a riotous mob — insurrectionists, domestic terrorists.”
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