Along with more than 225 people accused of assaulting, resisting or obstructing authorities on January 6, 2021, a Virginia man was arrested Wednesday and charged with spraying a police officer with chemicals. D.C. capital during the siege of the United States Capitol.
Markus Maly, a 47-year-old man branded online as #JohnSprayne, was spotted wearing a “white cowboy style hat with the words ‘TRUMP 2020’ printed on the front and what appeared to be was ‘TEAM TRUMP’ printed on the back.” Prosecutors said he was “carrying a matching black box with what is commonly known as ‘bear spray’ or pepper spray.”
Like many defendants on January 6, Maly allegedly bragged about his participation in the attack on the Capitol on social media, in posts that filled the court’s pages.
Prosecutors say Maly contacted his girlfriend on Facebook during the attack and told her “We’ve taken the damn capital.”
When his girlfriend expressed concern about the violence there, Maly replied, “I know… I’ve had stories, though,” according to prosecutors.
“I’m happy…” Maly is said to have replied, before correcting herself: “It..”
Prosecutors said the next day, Maly defended the attack on the Capitol.
“There are a lot of outraged patriots out there and we want our voices to be heard,” Maly is said to have written on January 7. “I am one myself. [sic] their. We were there to support President Trump and the voting process. A voting process has been hacked and stolen from us. “
Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election first Joe Biden, and more than 60 challenges to that outcome by the former president and his allies have failed in the courts. Every recount and audit — including one conducted by Trump supporters in Arizona — confirmed that result.
“I’ve got a riot shield”
Prosecutors say that Maly provided more details about her antics that day in a private message to a contact, who has not been identified.
“No, I didn’t go inside. I had a riot shield but halfway back to the bus, a policeman said [sic] me and took it from me,” Maly is said to have told the contact on Jan.
After the alleged contact replied, “You should have stood your ground on it,” Maly replied, “I took my stand and went back in seconds and even thirds.” , according to court papers.
The surveillance footage that formed the US Congress tunnel is said to capture Maly holding the shield.
Prosecutors said Maly also allegedly posted photographs of herself at the Capitol.
Maly has been charged with assaulting, resisting or obstructing officers from using a dangerous weapon or causing bodily harm, causing civil disorder, engaging in physical violence in a building or property, or engaging in physical violence. and related crimes. The top number can Maximum sentence of 20 years.
According to the Justice Department, more than 75 defendants have been charged with entering a restricted area with a dangerous or deadly weapon.
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Testing has been set up for January 6 in case George Tanios and Julian Khatertwo men accused of assaulting the late US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick chemical spray on January 6. Their case will go to trial in none of the men charged in connection with Sicknick’s death.
Read the FBI affidavit against Maly, below:
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