Federal authorities on Thursday arrested an Orange County man suspected of injuring police officers at the violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Security camera footage from Washington D.C. and a video posted on Youtube captured images of a man who FBI agents say is Jeffrey Scott Brown, 54. He is seen spraying pepper spray at Capitol and Metropolitan police officers, who formed a line to prevent rioters from entering the Capitol’s Lower West Terrace entrance, authorities said in court documents.
Images from the videos showed the man identified as Brown spraying the chemical at one of the officers whose gas mask was ripped from his face by another individual as the officer was sandwiched between the line of police and rioters.
Other images show Brown, who wore a distinctive hat, in the thick of the skirmish between officers and rioters at the Lower West Terrace Entrance, using his body to push the crowd forward.
Brown, who is described as being from Santa Ana and/or Irvine in court files, was charged with inflicting bodily injury on officers, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol Building; impeding passage through the Capitol grounds or buildings, and with an act of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings, according to a complaint and warrant for Brown’s arrest.
The day before the Jan. 6 riot, Brown posted a selfie and a message — “Boarding LAX” — to a Telegram messaging application group chat that described itself as “the Comms for able bodied individuals that are going to DC on Jan 6” where members “are all ready and willing to fight,” authorities said.
Investigators checked flight records and confirmed Brown was boarding a Southwest Airline flight around the time the message was sent.
During the violent attack at the Capitol, where Trump supporters attempted to interrupt the certification of President Joe Biden’s presidency, five people died and hundreds more were injured, including more than 130 police officers.
Source: Orange County Register