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Crown Point man arrested and charged in connection with Jan. 6

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Crown Point man arrested and charged in connection with Jan. 6

Sept. 9 – WASHINGTON – A Crown Point man has been arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges in connection with his actions during the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol.

Gregory Mijares, 41, is charged with disorderly conduct in a criminal complaint filed in the District of Columbia. Mijares is also charged with the misdemeanor of entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds.

Mijares was arrested Friday in Crown Point and made his first appearance in the Northern District of Indiana.

“His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to determine and count electoral votes in connection with the 2020 presidential election,” said a press release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

According to court documents, Mijares traveled to Washington, D.C. to protest the election and attend a rally held that day in support of the former president. After the rally, Mijares began marching with the crowd to the U.S. Capitol, entering the grounds wearing a gas mask. Mijares eventually made his way to Lower West Terrace, where he pursued the retreating police officers. As officers attempted to fall back into the Lower West Terrace Tunnel, Mijares stood in their way and raised a flag over his head. Officers then attempted to move Mijares out of the way and a physical altercation ensued between officers and Mijares.

Capitol CCTV shows Mijares was one of the first rioters to chase police into the tunnel, entering the archway around 2:41 p.m. Body-worn camera footage and open-source videos show Mijares approaching a set of glass doors that police had previously locked behind them as they pushed further into the tunnel.

A few moments later, rioters broke one of the glass panels in the doors. Mijares then extended his middle finger to the officers before opening the now-broken door to allow others to push forward. Mijares then approached a second tunnel door directly behind the first and opened one for his fellow rioters, the release said.

The officers attempted to use a shield to push Mijares back, causing him to step back and slam his body into the shield.

Other rioters then pushed Mijares to the police line and began physically fighting the officers as Mijares continued to push against the riot shield. At one point, an officer struck Mijares with a baton while he stood in front of the shield wall. Mijares attempted to block the baton by raising his arms in front of his head and eventually grabbing the baton.

Mijares remained at the front of the line and pushed against police until about 2:45 p.m. Mijares left the tunnel at around 2:52 p.m. and re-entered at around 3:11 p.m. Mijares then joined other rioters in a coordinated push against the police line for about several minutes.

Between approximately 3:12 and 3:13 p.m., Mijares assisted other rioters in coordinating the distribution of riot shields that had been taken from police. Mijares then pushed further to the front of the mob and made another “Heave Ho” attack against the police line. After participating in this “Heave Ho,” Mijares made his way back to the tunnel entrance, which he exited at around 3:19 p.m

This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice’s Counterterrorism Division. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana. This case is being investigated by the FBI’s Indianapolis and Washington field offices, with assistance from the U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.

In the 32 months since January 6, 2021, more than 1,146 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 398 people charged with assault or obstruction of law enforcement, the press release continues.

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