MARYLAND — Some waved a Confederate flag, some talked with friends of election fraud, at least one of the 16 Maryland residents accused of participating in the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, livestreamed video of the battle between rioters and police officer.
All of these Marylanders face criminal charges stemming from their role in the insurrection.
The day should have been routine as Congress met in the U.S. Capitol to certify the presidential victory of Joe Biden in the electoral college. But the insurrection by loyalists to Donald Trump who wanted to stop the certification of Biden’s election to the presidency became an infamous day in American history.
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Thousands were involved in the riots that disrupted the Joint Session of Congress that was in the process of affirming the results of the country’s votes. So far, 705 people have been arrested in the attack.
That crowd included Maryland residents who have since been charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Patch compiled a list of those accused with crimes and details on their case.
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For his part, Trump has canceled a Thursday news conference planned at his Mar-a-Lago golf club in Palm Beach, Florida. He reportedly planned to defend the rioters whose attack was the largest assault on the Capitol since it was destroyed by the British army in the War of 1812.
Four people died in the attack — a rioter shot by a Capitol police officer as she tried to break through a door to the House chamber, two from natural causes, and a fourth from amphetamine intoxication, according to the Washington, D.C., medical examiner.
One Capitol Police officer who suffered strokes after rioters sprayed him with a chemical substance died of natural causes the next day. About 140 police officers from the Capitol Police and the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department were injured, some beaten with their own weapons in an attack one police officer described as “medieval” and another said was like a “trip to hell.”
Here are the Maryland residents who face charges stemming from their actions on Jan. 6, 2021:
Christopher Michael Alberts: Police officers spotted Alberts at the Capitol with a handgun on his right hip; he wore a bulletproof vest and had a backpack. A 9mm handgun was taken by officers, along with two 12-round magazines. Inside the backpack was a gas mask, pocketknife, and a first-aid medical kit.
He was charged with Carrying a Pistol without a License, Possession of a firearm on Capital Grounds, Curfew Violation, Possession of Unregistered Ammunition, and Possession of a High Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device.
He has pleaded not guilty to all counts.
Robert Reeder: The Harford County man was sentenced to 90 days in jail for his role in the Capitol riot. Reeder, 55, pleaded guilty to parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol. He recorded videos of himself outside the Capitol before and after the storming of the building, saying he got “tear gassed at least four times” and was inside the Capitol for “over half an hour,” according to his plea agreement. A group that aims to find those who committed crimes in the riot posted video showing Reeder assaulting a law enforcement officer outside the Capitol.
Elias Costianes: The 42-year-old was arrested in Nottingham on charges of obstruction of Congress, unlawful entry of restricted building, violent entry, disorderly conduct, and other offenses on Capitol grounds. USA Today reports an anonymous tipster reported that Costianes posted videos from inside the Capitol to a Snapchat account, including video taken inside the “Senators Only” elevator. He’s also captured on security camera footage inside the building.
John D. Andries: The St. Mary’s County man, 35, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. A witness recognized Andries inside the Capitol in the news and in a YouTube video and tipped the FBI, saying Andries had served in the military and has multiple arrests, USA Today said.
He is charged with knowlingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; violent entry and disorderly conduct on capitol grounds.
Cynthia Catherine Ballenger: An anonymous tip led the FBI to Ballenger and her husband, John Christopher Price. The tipster said the couple posted videos and pictures from Jan.6, but removed them. Charging documents said Price posted on Facebook that he and Ballenger traveled from Emmitsburg to Union Station in Washington D.C. on Jan.6. Capitol surveillance footage shows the couple entering through the Senate Carriage door. Ballenger reportedly admitted to the FBI that she was at the Capitol but said they were not there when property was damaged or officers assaulted.
She is charged with being in a restricted building or grounds and violent entry or disorderly conduct.
Christopher John Price: Ballenger’s husband is charged with being in a restricted building or grounds and violent entry or disorderly conduct. According to charging documents, he texted a friend from the Capitol, including photos of the broken glass and crowds inside the building. When the friend texted that Trump asked for a peaceful demonstration, Price replied, “Worth fighting for Trump.”
Matthew Joseph Buckler: Buckler is seen in a video from his phone inside the Capitol, chanting “Stop the Steal” repeatedly, federal officials said in charging documents. Although Buckler wore a hoodie and a Trump cap, the records contain no other information about his interests outside the Capitol that day.
He is charged with entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds; disorderly or disruptive conduct at any place in the grounds or in any of the Capitol buildings; parade, demonstrate or picket in any of the Capitol buildings
John Clarence Wilkerson IV: The Street resident was initially charged on four counts: Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building; Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building; Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building; Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building.
He pleaded guilty in August 2021 to the fourth charge: parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. Wilkerson was sentenced to 36 months probation, a $2,500 fine, $500 restitution and 60 hours of community service.
Bryan Betancur (aka Bryan Clooney, aka Maximo Clooney): USA Today reports an affidavit in support of his charges describes Betancur as a “self-professed white supremacist who has made statements to law enforcement officers that he is a member of several white supremacy organizations” and that after his release he “continued to engage racially motivated violent extremist groups on the internet.”
His probation officer told the FBI that Betancur admitted he was in the Capitol on Jan. 6, then later recanted that story. Probation officials approved Betancur’s request the day before the riot to go to Washington, D.C., to distribute Bibles. His GPS monitor showed him near the Capitol for three hours on the afternoon of Jan. 6, when the riot was happening, and social media photos show him with a Confederate flag on the scaffolding set up for the inauguration, according to court records.
He is charged with restricted buildings or grounds; Unlawful activities on Capitol grounds, disorderly conduct; Unlawful activities on Capitol grounds, parades, assemblages and display of flags. Betancur has pleaded not guilty to all counts.
Matthew Ryan Miller: The Cooksville resident was identified to the FBI by a tipster as someone who discharged a fire extinguisher on the steps leading to a Capitol entrance Jan. 6. He was shown in photos wearing a black cowboy hat, a Washington Capitals jersey, a backpack, a Maryland state flag and a yellow flag with a black “Don’t tread on me” symbol and lettering known as the Gadsden flag, USA Today said.
Miller is charged with: civil disorder; obstruction of an official proceeding; aiding and abetting; assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers using a dangerous weapon; entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted Building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon; engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; act of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings; and stepping, climbing, removing, or injuring property on the Capitol Grounds.
Nicole Prado: Prado is seen on video walking through several rooms in the Capitol over about five minutes on Jan. 6, the FBI said in charging documents. Photos on Instagram led to a tip that Prado took at least two photographs that were posted on Instagram, USA Today reported. Cell phone data shows that person wasn’t in the Capitol, but arrived later in the afternoon.
Prado faced three charges and pleaded guilty Nov. 22 to parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.
Brittiany Angelina Dillon: Dillon, 35, texted with suspect Bryan Betancur ahead of Jan. 6 about election fraud and plans to attend the pro-Trump rally, authorities said. “I was there. I got pepper sprayed at the door of the capital and tear gassed 3 times making my way up to it,” she texted.
Video footage from the riot shows Dillon pushing through the crowd trying to enter the Capitol, and was eventually repelled by an officer with a baton.
She was charged with three riot-related crimes and on July 15 pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct in a Capitol building or grounds. Dillon was sentenced to three years probation with two months of home detention; $500 restitution, USA Today reported.
Daniel Dean Egtvedt: The 57-year-old faces five riot-related charges. The FBI said in court documents that Egtvedt appears in video taken during the Capitol riot after he had been sprayed with a chemical and tried to wipe it off. In an interview with Tim Gionet, who live streamed video in the Capitol, Egtvedt said: “Everybody if you’re seeing this, come down here now. We’re not backing away; this is our house.”
USA Today reported one officer said Egtvedt rushed at her while screaming for her to shoot him. Another officer, who injured his shoulder after being dragged down when Egtvedt fell, said the suspect was “incoherent” and “screaming at the top of his lungs.” A group of officers eventually removed Egtvedt from the building.
Andrew Bennett: The Maryland man was arrested Jan. 25 after the FBI received a tip that Bennett streamed a Facebook live video from inside the Capitol. According to court records, Bennett streamed at least four live videos that afternoon.
USA Today reports that in one video Bennett shouted, “no destruction!” but in another video he chanted “break it down” outside the door of the Speaker’s Lobby, where Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer. Court records said the gunshot can be heard in one of Bennett’s videos.
The FBI searched Bennett’s home, where a Proud Boys hat was found that matched one he was wearing in the videos. During an interview, he admitted to entering the Capitol, the FBI said.
He was charged with two crimes and on July 21 pleaded guilty to a charge of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building. Bennett was sentenced Oct. 1 to two years of probation, the first three months of which are to be served in home confinement; $10 special assessment; $500 restitution to the Architect of the Capitol; and 80 hours of community service.
Nicholas Rodean: Along with a sweatshirt noting President Trump’s 2017 inauguration, the FBI said Rodean also wore his company name badge when he was photographed inside the Capitol. His employer fired the 26-year-old.
“After review of the photographic evidence, the employee in question has been terminated for cause,” Navistar Direct Marketing said in a Facebook statement. “While we support all employees’ right to peaceful, lawful exercise of free speech, any employee demonstrating dangerous conduct that endangers the health and safety of others will no longer have an employment opportunity with Navistar Direct Marketing.”
Rodean is charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building; violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
David Blair: According to charging documents, Blair used a “lacrosse type stick” attached to a Confederate battle flag to strike Metro Police officers who were holding the police line at the lower West terrace door of the Capitol. MPD officers struck him with batons and Blair injured his head when officers took him to the ground to arrest him.
After Blair was handcuffed, the FBI reported that he said “I understand, what I did, the one (expletive) swung at me so I kinda switched …. so I apologize.”
USA Today reported that according to court records, while Blair awaited an ambulance he told officers: “(I was) being an idiot, pumped up and didn’t move back. Accept everything. I’m sorry, I got hit four times, I had a knife in my bag because I was scared of ANTIFA jumping me on the way back.”
When the FBI went to search the home Blair, 26, shares with his mother, he had laid out items he thought the FBI would be looking for, including a bag with a Nike hoodie, a bloody shirt and pants, a black neck gaiter with a skull decal, gloves and duct tape. He also had an AR-15 style rifle with a loaded magazine. The FBI found a set of brass knuckles with a Confederate flag print in the home’s kitchen.
He faces six charges, including assault on a federal officer.
Note: While USA Today cited court documents that showed 16 people listed as Maryland residents were charged in the riot, court records posted online show only seven cases.
Read a complete list of all defendants connected to the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection on the Department of Justice website.
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