Jonathan Grace, a 49-year-old man from Colorado Springs, has been arrested and is facing felony and misdemeanor charges for his actions during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. His involvement, along with others, disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was held to count the electoral votes related to the presidential election. Grace is accused of participating in acts of violence against law enforcement officers in the Lower West Terrace and tunnel areas of the Capitol. He allegedly joined the mob of rioters, pushed against police officers, and witnessed the brutal attack on an officer. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, along with the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section, is prosecuting the case, and it is being investigated by the FBI’s Denver Field Office and Washington Field Office. More than 1,000 individuals have been arrested in connection with the Capitol breach, with over 320 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement.
Title: Colorado Man Arrested For Actions On Lower West Terrace During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach
On January 6, 2021, the U.S. Capitol was breached by a large group of rioters, causing disruption to a joint session of the U.S. Congress. Among the individuals involved in these actions was Jonathan Grace, a man from Colorado. Grace has since been arrested and is facing both felony and misdemeanor charges for his role in the Capitol breach.
Arrest and Charges
Jonathan Grace, a 49-year-old resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been arrested and charged with civil disorder, a felony, along with several related misdemeanor offenses. His arrest was made following the filing of a criminal complaint in the District of Columbia. Grace is scheduled to make his initial appearance in the District of Denver.
Actions During the Capitol Breach
According to court documents, Jonathan Grace was actively involved in engaging in violence against law enforcement officers guarding the Capitol. He participated in confrontations with law enforcement officers in the Lower West Terrace and tunnel areas of the Capitol. At around 3:12 p.m. on January 6, Grace entered the tunnel on the Lower West Terrace and joined the mob of rioters pushing against police officers.
While in the tunnel, Grace coordinated pushes against the officers, shouting phrases like “HEAVE HO!” and “PUSH!” During these collective pushes, one police officer was trapped between a shield and a door and screamed in pain due to the weight of the rioters. Grace briefly exited the tunnel to hand his beanie and backpack to another rioter before re-entering the tunnel.
Inside the tunnel, Grace positioned himself at the front of the rioters who were pushing against the police officers. He held onto the wall of the tunnel, attempting to maintain ground, as officers tried to clear the rioters out. After the officers managed to remove the rioters, Grace witnessed the brutal attack on an officer. He then joined the rioters once again in collectively pushing against the police line inside the tunnel.
Prosecution and Investigation
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is leading the prosecution of Jonathan Grace for his actions during the Capitol breach. The Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section is also involved in the prosecution. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado has provided valuable assistance in this case.
The investigation into the Capitol breach is being conducted by the FBI’s Denver Field Office and the FBI’s Washington Field Office. Jonathan Grace was identified as #233 on the seeking information photos released by the FBI. The U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department have also provided significant assistance in the investigation.
Nationwide Impact of Capitol Breach
The breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, had a significant impact nationwide. Over 1,000 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach. Among those arrested, more than 320 individuals have been charged specifically with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation into the Capitol breach is still ongoing.
Tips and Information
Anyone with information relating to the Capitol breach or the actions of individuals involved can contact the FBI by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or by visiting tips.fbi.gov. The FBI encourages the public to provide any relevant information that can assist in the investigation.
Presumption of Innocence
It is important to note that a criminal complaint is merely an allegation, and all defendants, including Jonathan Grace, are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. The justice system ensures that individuals are given the opportunity to present their case and defend themselves against the charges they face.
For additional information regarding the arrest, complaint, and statement of facts pertaining to Jonathan Grace’s involvement in the Capitol breach, the following attachments are available for download:
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Publicized on March 30, 2023 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.