May 13, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Active-duty marine charged in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Photo: Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images

An active-duty Marine was arrested in Virginia on Thursday after being charged with a number of federal crimes in connection to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, per a Department of Justice press release.

Why it matters: Major Christopher Warnagiris is the first known active-duty member of military to be charged for his involvement in the insurrection, reports Politico.

The big picture: Warnagiris' charges include "assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers; obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder; and obstruction of justice, among other charges," per the press release.

  • He "violently entered the Capitol" during the riot, forcing his way though a line of police officers guarding the East Rotunda doors, according to court documents and security camera footage, per the press release.

Of note: "The Marine Corps is clear on this: There is no place for racial hatred or extremism in the Marine Corps,” Maj. J. A. Hernandez, a spokesperson for the Marines, told Politico, noting that the Marines are "working to receive" more information about Warnagiris.

The bottom line: "In the first 120 days after Jan. 6, approximately 440 individuals have been arrested on charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol breach," states the press release.

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