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Californian Arrested for Assault on Law Enforcement in January 6 Capitol Breach | USAO-DC


A Californian and self-proclaimed member of the Proud Boys was arrested today for crimes related to the violation of the United States Capitol on January 6, which disrupted a joint session of the United States Congress that was in the process of determining and counting the elections votes linked to the presidential election.

Ricky Christopher Willden, 39, Oakhurst, is charged with federal offenses including assault, resisting or obstructing certain officers and acts of physical violence in the Capitol building or grounds, among others accusations. Willden will make his first court appearance in the Eastern District of California this afternoon.

The Proud Boys is a group that describes itself as a “pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world; aka the western chauvinists. In publicly available videos recorded on Jan.6, Willden can be seen in a crowd near the Capitol’s east gate at 2:24 p.m. (according to the timestamp of one of the videos) wearing a dark jacket, beanie and hoodies. gloves, and clapping as the doors of the Capitol opened. At 2:35 p.m., he can be seen raising his hand and spraying an unknown substance from a green canister at police officers standing guard at the east gate.

The case is being pursued by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counter-Terrorism Section of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division. Valuable assistance was provided by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.

The matter is currently under investigation by the local FBI office in Sacramento, as well as the Metropolitan Police Department, with significant assistance provided by the United States Capitol Police and the local office of the United States. FBI in Washington.

In the 150 days since January 6, around 465 people have been arrested on charges related to the Capitol violation on January 6, including more than 130 people charged with assault or obstructing enforcement. of the law. The investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.

The charges contained in any criminal complaint or indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until his guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.