Man is 9th Ohioan charged in connection with US Capitol breach


By Farnoush Amiri - Report for America/Associated Press



COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man was arrested and accused of entering the U.S. Capitol after family members and a former coworker identified him in footage captured during the deadly insurrection last month, according to U.S. District Court documents.

Derek Jancart, 39, is the ninth Ohioan to be accused of joining a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters as they smashed their way into the U.S. Capitol building. Five people, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer, died in the Jan. 6 assault. Dozens of people have been arrested in the attack, which temporarily halted congressional business to confirm Joe Biden as president.

Jancart was charged Tuesday with violently entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, according to a complaint.

Federal agents first received a tip from a former coworker of Jancart regarding his alleged involvement days after the breach. A Facebook page with Jancart’s name had posted images from inside the Capitol building, specifically showing the exterior of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, with the caption, “We’re in.”

On Feb. 9, the same person identified Jancart in several photographs taken from police body-worn cameras and Capitol Building surveillance during the attack, according to the complaint. The next day, the complaint states a family member of Jancart was interviewed by the FBI and confirmed his involvement in the Capitol breach through a series of text messages and by identifying him in photographs.

Jancart was arrested Tuesday and shortly released from custody.

He is the latest person from Ohio to be arrested in connection to the breach. A criminal complaint released last week linked a couple from southwestern Ohio to the Oath Keepers militia group who have had several members be indicted on charges that they planned and coordinated with one another in the attack.

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Farnoush Amiri is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.

By Farnoush Amiri

Report for America/Associated Press