Last November, as the then President Donald Trump climbed on top of it The Dangerous Lies About Mass Voter FraudMILF hopped in a guy A hammer with a QAnon sticker And Philadelphia headed to the vote-counting space to prevent what they believed was an election that was being stolen. The QAnon obsessive, along with the co-founder of Vets for Trump, were arrested by Philadelphia police, who found him in possession of an AR-style rifle and one. samurai sword.
After two months, the same in the capital of the country Followers of QAnon stormed the US Capitol, entering the building with dozens of fellow conspiracy theorists who had bought into Trump’s lies about the outcome of the 2020 election. Now, nine months after the January 6 attacks, he is one of hundreds of Trump supporters who were imprisoned that day on video violating federal law, but who have yet to face federal charges for their conduct. Is.
Federal officials have posted some impressive numbers in the nine months as Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in support of their lies about the stolen election, and then left behind injured officers and millions of dollars in damage and security costs, Left the scene without being arrested. The Fed has made more than 625 arrests since January 6 in what officials have repeatedly described as one of the largest investigation and prosecution efforts in US history.
Yet even after hundreds of arrests and months of painstaking work unprecedented Investigating, federal officials have arrested only a fraction of all potential defendants who were imprisoned on video committing a criminal offense that prosecutors have called warrant charges.
Law enforcement was unprepared and overwhelmed by the onslaught of pro-Trump rioters on January 6. Now, law enforcement is in danger of being overwhelmed by the January 6 mobs, who are flooding the system at every step.
In the weeks following the attack, law enforcement officers Estimated that 800 people had entered the Capitol. That number lingered in media coverage for months, becoming a benchmark against which the FBI’s progress was measured. 800 figure is done as outlined As recently as this week in stories.
In fact, as online investigators have discovered over the past several months, this is only a fraction of the scope of that day’s criminal activity. Analysis of public-facing data on the Capitol attack, combined with findings from online investigators working #SediitionHunters moniker . According to, shows that the total number of January 6 participants who could face charges if they are identified topped 2,500.
Federal investigators have quietly made their guess. In a budget request earlier this year, FBI told Congress that “approximately 2000 persons are believed to be involved in the siege.” Law enforcement officials did not dispute the 2,500 figure.
That means federal officials indicted about 25% of the suspects, who could face criminal charges for their conduct on January 6. At the current pace, it would take federal officials until early 2024 to bring cases against 2,500 defendants. and some of the easiest cases to bring up,”low hanging fruit“Already alleged.
Online investigators, who are responsible for identifying countless January 6 defendants and will play a role in dozens of FBI cases to come, have counted more than 2,000 individuals they say have breached the Capitol building. . this detective to quote To the public they say they posed as “Sedition Insiders” inside the Capitol, and have collected the highest-quality image of each rioter (even though the photo was taken when the suspect was outside the Capitol. ).
Of that group of “Sedition Insiders,” Sedition Hunters believe more than 1,500 are still at large.
Hundreds more potential defendants who were not seen inside the building are either publicly wanted by the FBI for activities outside the Capitol, or were captured on video committing the crime, but not on the FBI’s website.
Most of the thousands who crossed police barricades at the Capitol on January 6 and lived on restricted grounds will never be charged. On the west side of the building alone, according to an analysis by Carnegie Mellon University researchers driven There were more than 9,400 people for the Washington Post. The number of officers ranged from 58 to more than 1.
There are plenty of cases in the works, possibly including arrests. Matthew Bedingfield of North Carolina (who fought with the police and stormed the Capitol while out on bond for attempted murder), taylor taranto of Washington state (a county GOP webmaster who stormed the Capitol with a weapon and wondered this summer when the Feds would “turn on this party!”), and David Walls-Kaufman, a Capitol Hill chiropractor who stays within sight of the building while wearing a distinctive jacket.
Antonio LaMotta is a QAnon believer who traveled to Philadelphia with vets last November for Trump co-founder Joshua Macias. LaMotta and Macias spent nearly a month behind bars before posting bail. After the Capitol Attack, Philadelphia Prosecutors moved to cancel his bail, saying they were in DC at the time and Macias gave a speech that helped stir up the crowd. lamotta, as Daily Beast told, was caught in CNN footage with members of the Oath Keepers on Capitol Ground.
At a hearing in January, LaMotta’s attorney argued That LaMotta “clearly stood there” at the Capital. A Philadelphia judge increased LaMotta’s $750,000 bail to $15,000, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, meaning LaMotta had to pay $1,500 to get out of jail again. Both men were barred from attending rallies or using social media.
At the time, officials did not know whether either of the men entered the Capitol. But online sleuths managed to find LaMotta inside. Back in June, a member of an investigative group called Capital Terrorist Exposures saw LaMotta under surveillance footage Grady was released in connection with another Capitol case against Owens, who Came to DC with his extended family and appears to have been identified by federal authorities facial recognition.
Footage shows LaMotta inside the Capitol as police try to bring the crowd back outside. LaMotta is on the front line and comes face-to-face with the officers. He makes no effort to back down, and when he finally makes his way to the door, he appears to try to stay inside despite a clear path to the exit.
Knowing that LaMotta was at the east door of the Capitol that leads into the rotunda, the sleuth—sometimes using the hashtag #IAmAntonioLamotta—found explicit footage of police and Trump supporters at the top of the Capitol stairs as a fight continued. But the person was shown.
An attorney representing LaMotta in his Philadelphia case did not respond to requests for comment in June or this month, and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and the FBI did not comment on a potential federal case against LaMotta.
For now, LaMotta is like a lot of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol: to see when their time would come.