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Bare-Chested “MAGA Viking” Arrested on Federal Charges


The bare-chested man seen in several videos at the Capital building on Wednesday has officially been arrested.

The man has been identified as Jacob Anthony Chansley, AKA Jake Angeli.

Chansley apparently called into the FBI’s Washington Field Office willingly, according to the Department of Justice.

He admitted to law enforcement that he was the one wearing the outfit.

Thus far he has been charged with knowingly entering the building without lawful authority, and also with “violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capital grounds.”

ABC News has the scoop:

The U.S. Attorney's office also arrested Jacob Anthony Chansley, a.k.a. "Jake Angeli," Saturday. Investigators said he was the man seen in viral photos of the siege dressed in horns, a bearskin headdress, red, white and blue face paint, shirtless, and tan pants and carrying a 6-foot spear with an American flag tied below the blade.

Chansley made his way to the dais of the Senate chamber during the siege where he was photographed by other rioters, according to investigators.

On Jan. 7, Chansley, who investigators said has a large following on social media, voluntarily called the FBI, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

"Chansley stated that he came as a part of a group effort, with other 'patriots' from Arizona, at the request of the President that all 'patriots' come to D.C. on January 6, 2021," the U.S. Attorney's office said.

He was charged with "knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds," according to investigators. No attorney information was immediately available.

The FBI said it is still searching for more suspects in Wednesday's incident, which left Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick and four others dead. Anyone with information is urged to contact the FBI tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Chansley was interviewed in 2020 while at an Arizona rally, where he admitted to being a follower of QAnon:

The New York Post has more on Chansley, as well as several other arrests:

Chansley, who is known as the “QAnon Shaman” or “Q Shaman,” is a diehard Trump supporter who has attended past far-right events, and is known for his support of the unfounded QAnon conspiracy theory according to MSN.

The Justice Department also confirmed Saturday the Friday arrest of Adam Christian Johnson, who was seen in a viral photo carrying off Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern.

Johnson, 36, of Parrish, Florida, was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; one count of theft of government property; and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Also busted Friday was Derrick Evans, 35, of West Virginia, a freshman member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. Evans streamed himself entering the Capitol with the mob on his Facebook page, shouting as he crossed the threshold, “We’re in, we’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is prosecuting the cases. Investigatins the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the ATF and the Capitol Police continue.

As details continue to come in, it's very hard to determine what is what.

Chansley is allegedly an actor, according to multiple sources.

This begs even more questions, as there are other claims of hired actors taking part in Wednesday's riot.


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