Washington – An active duty Navy officer was arrested on Thursday accused of having participated in the assault on the Capitol last January, in an event that left five dead and for which more than 400 people have been arrested, reported the Department of Justice.
Major Christopher Warnagiris, 40 years old and assigned to the Marine Corps base in Quantico (Virginia), is charged with the federal crimes of assault, resistance or obstruction of officials, as well as obstructing the application of the law during civil unrest and obstruction of justice, among other charges, according to a statement.
Warnagiris “violently entered the Capitol on January 6 after going through a line of police officers who were guarding the doors of the East Rotunda,” detailed the note on what happened that day, when supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed while a joint session of the Congress to certify the victory of current President Joe Biden in last November’s elections.
The Marine Corps soldier, added the official version, which cites court documents and security camera recordings, used his body to keep the door open and facilitate the entry of other people.
In addition, he prevented an agent of the Capitol Police from closing the entrance and was caught when he was pushing the uniformed man.
The marine, who was arrested in Virginia, without specifying the place, is being processed by the District of Columbia Attorney’s Office and the Counter-Terrorism Section of the Department of Justice’s Homeland Security Division.
This Thursday he was scheduled for his first court appearance in the eastern district of Virginia.
The Justice Department revealed that 440 people have been detained on charges related to the assault, including 125 accused of assaulting or obstructing law enforcement.