In a new appeal for public help, the FBI Thursday released a series of graphic video clips in an attempt to identify 10 Capitol riot suspects alleg
In a new appeal for public help, the FBI Thursday released a series of graphic video clips in an attempt to identify 10 Capitol riot suspects allegedly involved in some of the most brutal assaults on police officers.
Assistant Director Steven D’Antuono, chief of the FBI’s D.C. field office, said the suspects were drawn from videos showing rioters wielding clubs, flag poles, furniture pieces, stolen police shields and chemical spray as they stormed under-manned officer lines outside the Capitol. Others are shown in hand-to-hand combat.
Of the more than 300 arrested so far, D’Antuono said at least 65 have been charged with assaulting officers. But he said “some of the most violent offenders have yet to be identified,” including the 10 featured in the newly released videos.
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“Our work is far from over,” D’Antuono said in a video appeal. “We need the help of the American people.”
In addition to the 10 suspects involved in officer violence, D’Antuono said the FBI was searching for the identities of 250 others involved in the riots, widening the scope of the enormous dragnet set in the aftermath of the Capitol riots.
Since the riots, the FBI has repeatedly appealed for the public’s help, and D’Antuono said the effort has been successful in identifying dozens of suspects including the two men who were arrested last weekend in connection with assaulting Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who died after the riot.
The men are not charged with the officer’s death, but court documents detailed how one of the men, Julian Elie Khater, 32, of State College, Pennsylvania, is shown on video discharging spray from a white can with a black top into the face of Sicknick and other officers, according to charging documents.
“Give me that bear (expletive),” Khater allegedly said to co-defendant George Pierre Tanios, 39, of Morgantown, West Virginia, who is shown reaching into his backpack, according to charging documents.
The FBI also has sought information in pursuit of a suspect who planted pipe-bombs outside the headquarters of the Republican and Democratic national committees. The most recent appeal in the case was made last week, when the bureau released video clips of a suspect dressed in a gray hooded sweatshirt carrying a back-pack believed to contain the devices.
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D’Antuono described the conduct of the 10 suspects now being sought as “appalling crimes against officers,” adding that there are “many more (suspects) out there.”
“It is alarming to watch these videos,” he said.