Federal prosecutors, piling up the ever-growing number of January 6-related assault cases, arrested a Florida man and charged him with shoving police officers and driving a wooden plank through a Senate double-door window.
Steven Milesa 39-year-old from Zephyrhills, was arrested on Tuesday but authorities announced his case on Wednesday.
The FBI says a brown-bearded Miles arrived at the Capitol wearing a red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap, navy blue gloves, camouflage pants, a backpack, tan boots and a tan camouflage jacket with a patch of his last name on the left sleeve . In other photos, he is wearing a black shirt that reads “Trump 2020 Fuck Your Feelings” and his backpack under that jacket, as well as black fingerless gloves.
Miles is attacked along with a Louisiana man Matthew Le Brun, a 33-year-old from New Orleans who faces only misdemeanor charges. Court records also show him dressed in protective gear, with a dark long-sleeved shirt, a gray vest, a black tactical vest, a dark American flag legging, a navy bandana with stars on it, dark sunglasses, black gloves, jeans and dark shoes.
Of the two, only Miles is accused of smashing the building’s window, an act allegedly caught on surveillance television.
“At approximately 2:12 p.m. U.S. Capitol CCTV footage shows people banging their fists and other blunt objects, including wooden planks and a U.S. Capitol Police riot shield, against the Senate Wing door and the windows on either side of the door beat,” says the FBI affidavit. “Within a minute, rioters successfully smashed through a window on one side of the Senate Wing doors and illegally entered the US Capitol. A handful of people entered the building through the broken window and opened the Senate wing door. They were the first to breach the interior of the Capitol. Meanwhile, other rioters, including Miles, continued to smash the window on the other side of the Senate wing door.”
Surveillance footage allegedly captured the moment Miles and LeBrun climbed in through the window. They got out through the car door, prosecutors say.
Miles was charged with assaulting, resisting or obstructing officers, civil commotion, engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or premises with a dangerous weapon, and related offenses. He made his first appearance Tuesday in Florida’s Middle District, where he was released pending further trial in Washington, DC
The Justice Department says nearly 800 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the US Capitol break-in, including more than 250 charged with assault or obstructing law enforcement. Authorities say members of the pro-donald trump The mob attacked about 140 police officers Jan. 6, including about 80 from the US Capitol Police and about 60 from the Metropolitan Police Department.
Prosecutors say others attacked police with one PVC roda flagpolea tasersa fire extinguisher, metal barricades and other weapons. The FBI continues to search for 350 others believed to have committed violent crimes.
Read the FBI affidavit below:
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