Pro-Trump extremists clash with law enforcement at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. (Alex Kent for Tennessee Lookout)
Multiple Colorado residents, including a two-time Olympic champion and a geophysicist, have been arrested and charged with crimes in connection to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
NPR reports that over 640 people have been charged in connection to the attack, which the FBI views as domestic terrorism. The attack occurred during a Joint Session of the U.S. Congress, which was in the process of confirming the results from the 2020 presidential election. It came shortly after a nearby “Stop the Steal” rally held by then-President Donald Trump, and amid a swirl of election misinformation and fiery rhetoric from Trump’s supporters, including Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert of the 3rd Congressional District, who tweeted on the morning of Jan. 6 that “Today is 1776.”
The Department of Justice says that approximately 140 police officers were assaulted on Jan. 6 at the Capitol, including approximately 80 U.S. Capitol police officers and about 60 officers from the Metropolitan Police Department.
According to court documents for some of the people charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riot, the riot caused approximately $1,495,326 in damage to the U.S. Capitol.
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The FBI has received over 200,000 digital media tips from citizens around the country regarding the events of Jan. 6, according to the Department of Justice. As of early July, the FBI was still looking for help from the public in identifying over 300 additional suspects.
At least 78 people who have been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 attack have a military or law enforcement history, according to an NPR analysis. Fifty-five individuals who have been charged “invoked Trump to explain their actions.” NPR reports that while there are some exceptions, the people charged so far are predominantly white males.
The following are Coloradans who have been charged so far:
Date and location of arrest: May 12, 2021, in Denver
Charges: (1) obstruction of an official proceeding; (2) entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; (3) disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; (4) entering and remaining in certain rooms in the Capitol Building; (5) disorderly conduct in a Capitol Building; (6) parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol Building.
Palm was identified by a family member who wrote a letter to the FBI on Jan. 8, according to an affidavit. The family member, who was identified as Witness 1 in court documents, wrote that Palm called Witness 1 and reported to the family member that Palm had entered the U.S. Capitol. Court documents state that Palm sat down at the head of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s conference table and put his feet on the table. Palm can be heard saying “I think I like my new dining room. I pay for it.”
Timothy Wayne Williams
Date and location of arrest: June 4, 2021, in Denver
Charges: (1) knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; (2) disorderly or disruptive conduct, at any place in the Grounds or in any of the Capitol Buildings; (3) parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol Building.
Williams is from Trinidad, according to court documents. Williams told FBI agents that he previously worked for GrowGeneration, a hydroponics equipment supplier in Trinidad, but that he lost his job because he would not take a COVID-19 test. Williams claimed he was not involved in any acts of property damage or violence, and that he did not take “any souvenirs or anything from the Capitol,” according to court documents.
Date and location of arrest: Jan. 17, 2021, in Littleton
Charges: (1) entering and remaining in a restricted building; (2) disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building; (3) entering and remaining in the gallery of either House of Congress; (4) violent entry and disorderly conduct at the grounds and in a Capitol Building; (5) parading, demonstrating, and picketing in a Capitol Building
Several people submitted tips to the FBI regarding posts and photos on Facebook that appeared to be Montgomery, according to an affidavit.
Montgomery has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. According to the Justice Department, Montgomery has been released on a personal recognizance bond, which does not require the defendant to pay money in exchange for being released prior to trial.
Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr.
Date and location of arrest: Jan. 8, 2021, in Washington, D.C.
Charges: (1) interstate communication of threats; (2) possession of unregistered firearms; (3) possession of unregistered ammunition; (4) possession of large capacity ammunition.
According to an affidavit, the FBI received tips on Jan. 7 that Meredith had sent the following text: “Thinking about heading over to Pelosi C***’s speech and putting a bullet in her noggin on Live TV (purple devil emoji).” FBI agents searched Meredith’s trailer, where Meredith stated he had put two firearms, and found a “Glock 19, nine millimeter pistol, a Tavor X95 assault rifle and approximately hundreds of rounds of ammunition,” according to court documents. Meredith told FBI agents that he was originally planning to arrive in Washington, D.C. on Jan 5, but did not arrive until Jan 6., and it was too late to attend the rally, according to the affidavit.
In court documents, federal prosecutors described Meredith as a “clearly disturbed, deranged, and dangerous individual that fantasizes about committing horrific acts of violence and takes countless steps to carry them out by driving across several states with a trailer stocked with thousands of rounds of ammunition and multiple firearms — including an assault style rifle — should not remain in the community.” He concluded the memorandum with a request that the court order Meredith to be detained without bond pending the resolution of the case.
Meredith is a Colorado resident, according to court documents. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Meredith lived in Hiawassee, Georgia, and was involved in funding a controversial billboard that supported QAnon in 2018. QAnon is a term for internet conspiracy theories that falsely allege that the world is run by “a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles,” according to The New York Times.
Meredith is detained until his trial.
Date and location of arrest: Jan. 14, 2021, in Denver
Keller pleaded guilty, to obstruction of an official proceeding, on Sept. 29 in a plea agreement. In exchange for pleading guilty, the government dropped the additional six charges Keller faced.
Keller also agreed to pay $2,000 in restitution to the Department of Treasury.
In his Sept. 2 statement of offense, Keller said he “acted to affect the government by stopping or delaying the Congressional proceeding” and did so by “intimidating or coercing government personnel who were participating in or supporting the Congressional proceeding.”
Court documents say that the maximum sentence for this charge is 20 years, but estimated sentencing guidelines for Keller are 21 to 27 months. The estimated fine could range between $10,000 and $95,000.
Keller’s sentencing date has not been determined yet.
Keller was previously charged with: (1) civil disorder; (2) obstruction of an official proceeding; (3) entering and remaining in a restricted building or groups; (4) disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; (5) disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; (6) impeding passage through the Capitol grounds or building; (7) parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
Keller is a two-time Olympic champion in swimming, and a member of the 2000, 2004, and 2008 U.S. Olympic teams, according to the Team USA website. Keller is believed to have been wearing a Team USA Nike jacket with an Olympic patch on it, according to an affidavit.
ABC News reported that Keller’s former swim coach, Mark Schubert, “said he wishes he had been ‘more proactive’ in talking to Keller ‘about his life after swimming.’” Schubert said he was shocked when he learned that Keller was at the Capitol on Jan. 6. “My first thought was knowing that he has struggled trying to get a profession, trying to be a successful family man. All of those things came to mind and just made me feel very sad,” Schubert told ABC News.
“It is very simple and very clear. Mr. Keller’s actions in no way represent the values or mission of USA Swimming,” USA Swimming, the governing body for swimming in the United States, wrote in a Jan. 14 statement condemning Keller’s actions. “And while once a swimmer at the highest levels of our sport – representing the country and democracy he so willfully attacked – Mr. Keller has not been a member of this organization since 2008.”
The New York Times reported that Keller worked as a broker associate for Hoff & Leigh, a Colorado real estate firm. In January, the firm announced that Keller had resigned.
Keller had previously pleaded not guilty to all charges and is currently on personal recognizance.
Date and location of arrest: April 28, 2021, in Erie
Charges: (1) entering and remaining in a restricted building; (2) disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building; (3) violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; (4) parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
Grover pleaded not guilty to the charges and remains free on personal recognizance, according to the Capitol breach investigation resource page. A status conference is scheduled for Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m.
Grover was identified when the FBI received a tip that Grover posted on Facebook that he flew to Washington, D.C., and planned to participate in the protest at the Capitol, according to an affidavit.
The affidavit states that Grover is a resident of Erie.
Date and location of arrest: Jan. 18, 2021, in Divide
Charges: (1) obstruction of an official proceeding; (2–4) three counts of assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers using a dangerous weapon; (5) destruction of government property; (6) entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon
Gieswein is a resident of Woodland Park and appears to be affiliated with the Three Percenters, a radical militia group, according to an affidavit. At least 11 people charged in connection to the Jan. 6 attack have alleged associations to the Three Percenters, according to NPR. The affidavit also alleges that Gieswein is the leader of the Woodland Wild Dogs, a private paramilitary organization training group.
Gieswein had an aerosol irritant spray and a baseball bat on his person, according to his indictment.
NEW: A judge has DENIED Robert Gieswein's request to be released from custody pending his #CaptiolRiot criminal case. Gieswein, of Woodland Park, will remain locked up through trial. #9NEWS https://t.co/0OU8NbOCxI
— Jeremy Jojola (@jeremyjojola) July 27, 2021
In July, 9News reporter Jeremy Jojola tweeted that a judge denied Gieswein’s request to be released from custody pending his trial.
In documents filed Nov. 18, Gieswein’s attorneys asked the court to reopen his detention hearing, and consider releasing Gieswein under “strict conditions” that were previously proposed.
In the document Gieswein’s attorneys wrote, “as reported in the press, experts provided with third-hand reports of the atmosphere in Mr. Gieswein’s unit have voiced concern that the men there are vulnerable to radicalization due to the particular circumstances of their incarceration.” The footnote cites a Vice News article entitled “Capitol Rioters in Jail’s ‘Patriot Wing’ Have Their Own Rituals and a Growing Fan Base.”
The court document goes on to say that people outside of Gieswein’s unit, and outside of the jail, view all the residents in the unit as one, and that this all raises a “significant concern that Mr. Gieswein, a very young man who came to the District alone, is now trapped in a highly charged environment that could potentially exert undue influence on his thinking, and may eventually create pressure on him to conform, or to allow others’ political narratives to drive his thinking and decision-making.”
Gieswein is from Colorado, but asked to be released to the custody of his godmother, a risk management officer, and his godfather, a police officer, who live in Oklahoma, according to the document. At the time of his arrest, Gieswein was 24 years old.
Glenn Wes Lee Croy
Date and location of arrest: Feb. 17, 2021, in Colorado Springs
Charges: Croy has pleaded guilty to parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building. This charge has a maximum sentence of six months of imprisonment and a fine of no more than $5,000, according to the plea agreement Croy signed. The plea agreement also requires Croy to allow law enforcement agents to interview him regarding the events around Jan. 6. In exchange for pleading guilty to count four, Croy will not be further prosecuted for the remainder of his charges in regard to his actions on Jan. 6, according to the plea agreement.
Croy was previously charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, and violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building.
Croy remains free on personal recognizance bond and his sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 15 at noon.
Croy was identified when an individual submitted a tip to the FBI, stating that Croy told the individual that he was at the Capitol riot and sent a picture of himself and another person, who was later identified as Terry Lynn Lindsey, inside the U.S. Capitol Building, according to an affidavit. The affidavit also states that Croy and Lindsey, who appears to be from Ohio, were friends on Facebook prior to the apparent deletion of Croy’s Facebook profile.
Croy and his attorney requested that the court sentence Croy to 12 months of probation with community service, to account for Croy being the primary caretaker of two sons, one who has diabetes, and to account for Croy’s lack of preparing or planning prior to the events that took place on Jan. 6.
The government requested that the court sentence Croy to two months of incarceration and $500 in restitution.
“The government recognizes that Mr. Croy accepted responsibility early. Nonetheless, that does not excuse his contribution to the riot and its destruction,” the government’s sentencing memorandum, filed Oct. 22, says. “The defendant twice entered and walked through the Capitol in a mob. While inside, the defendant treated the Capitol like a vacation: he walked freely around the Capitol, took what he apparently perceived to be fun photos and videos of other rioters dressing statues, and posed for his own photograph by a statue that he later sent to his friends.”
In a letter to a judge filed Oct. 22, Croy wrote that while he isn’t a political person, he began watching more news when he lost his job in the summer of 2020 due to COVID-19. Croy said he watched the “Portland riots” on livestream for over 100 days and he “fell into rabbit holes” by being on the internet so much.
Croy said that he “had no problem with who won the election,” but that he saw (on television) a lot of “weird peculiar things” in the election, like people kicking out observers or observers from the Republican Party not being allowed in.
When former President Donald Trump announced the rally, Croy was still unemployed and was getting stimulus checks that he had saved up, so he decided to drive to the rally to show his support and to see Washington, D.C., for the first time, Croy said.
At the Capitol, Croy said the majority of people were walking up a ramp and into the Capitol, and he “regretfully once again followed the crowd like a lemming.”
“My adrenaline was up and I knew I wasnt supposed to be here but I was in the thick of it by this point.”
Croy said he was “not there to be violent or destructive” and had no forethought of entering the Capitol. “I regret being a part of the activity that day and have no excuse for following along. Most of the morning was a feeling of fellowship and camaraderie with everyone there and an afternoon was like a rollercoaster of bewilderment and chaos.”
Croy wrote that he has two sons whom he raised himself, and his youngest is a Type 1 diabetic.
“I am guilty of being an idiot and walking into that building and again apologize to America and everyone effected for my role in participating.”
Croy was scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 5.
Croy was sentenced to 14 days in a community corrections facility and 3 years of probation at a hearing on Nov. 5, according to a 9news reporter. He is the first Colorado defendant involved in the Jan. 6 attack to be sentenced.
He is also required to pay $500 in restitution, according to the Department of Justice website.lee-croy-letter-redacted
Terry Lynn Lindsey was arrested on Feb. 17, 2021, in Ohio.
Jacob Travis Clark
Date and location of arrest: April 21, 2021, in Colorado Springs
Charges: (1) knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; (2) disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; (3) engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds; (4) violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; (5) obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder; (6) obstruction of justice/congress
When Capitol police officers told Clark, of Trinidad, and other people inside the Capitol building that they were just doing their jobs, Clark allegedly responded “So were the Nazis!” according to an affidavit.
Date and location of arrest: Jan. 27, 2021, in New York
Charges: (1) assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers using a dangerous weapon; (2) assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers; (3) civil disorder; (4) entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon; (5) disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon; (6) engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds; (7) act of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings.
Sabol was taken into custody on Jan. 27 by officers from the Clarkstown Police Department in Rockland County, New York, who responded to a vehicle that was driving erratically and encountered Sabol, who was covered in blood and had apparently attempted suicide, according to an affidavit. Sabol allegedly told the officers, “I was fighting tyranny in the DC Capitol,” and “I am wanted by the FBI.” The officers who searched the vehicle found an airline ticket, Sabol’s passport, and his social security card, among other items, according to court documents.
When FBI agents spoke to Sabol and showed him a photo of an officer lying face down on the ground with Sabol over him, Sabol “acknowledged that he is the individual in the picture. Sabol acknowledged that this picture looked bad and he could not recall if he hit the police officer with the baton because he was in a fit of rage and the details are cloudy,” according to an affidavit.
In January, Magistrate Judge Andrew E. Krause ordered that Sabol be detained because he was a “risk of flight/ danger.”
In August, Sabol filed a motion to be released from pretrial detention on personal recognizance, in accordance with the Bail Reform Act of 1984. In Sabol’s memorandum in support of a motion for pretrial release from custody, he wrote that the government went to “great lengths” to “distort the trust, misrepresent facts, and rely on the actions of co-defendants on January 6, 2021 to compensate for its inability to demonstrate that defendant should be detained.”
In the government’s opposition to the defendant’s motion for pretrial release from custody, filed on Sept. 17, a judge recommended that Sabol’s motion to be released be denied. The judge cited that Sabol stole a baton from a police officer, who was lying on the ground after being assaulted, as a reason that Sabol would be a danger to the public if released.
Daniel Michael Morrissey
Charges: (1) knowingly entering or remaining in any restricting building or grounds without lawful authority; (2) knowingly engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct in any restricted buildings or grounds; (3) violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds
KMGH reports that Morrissey is from Colorado and a 9news reporter tweeted that Morrissey is “Colorado-based.” Newsline spoke to Morrissey’s attorney, Anthony Solis, who would not confirm whether Morrissey is a Colorado resident. Morrissey surrendered in Colorado.
A co-worker of Morrissey showed a witness a “selfie” of Morrissey inside the Capitol, which Morrissey sent to the co-worker. The witness reported it to the FBI tip line, according to the statement of facts.
Morrissey is out on personal recognizance.
Thomas Patrick Hamner
Date and location of arrest: Nov. 9, 2021, in Colorado Springs
Charges: (1) assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers with a dangerous weapon or inflicting bodily injury; (2) civil disorder; (3) entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; (4) engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds.
Hamner is 48 and from Peyton. There is video footage that depicts Hamner fighting with officers from the U.S. Capitol Police and the D.C. Metropolitan Police, according to court documents.
Editor’s note: This story was updated at 12:30 a.m., Nov. 26, 2021, with new information.
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