Julian Elie Khater, 32, and George Pierre Tanios, 39, are accused of utilizing chemical bear spray on a number of cops in the course of the riot, in response to the grand jury indictment, which was unsealed Thursday.
Tanios allegedly carried the spray in a backpack to the Capitol and handed it to Khater upon request, in response to the indictment. The grand jury discovered they “deliberate and mentioned the timing” of when to spray it on regulation enforcement officers – after which Khater allegedly discharged it on them close to the Decrease West Terrace on the Capitol, in response to the indictment.
Authorities introduced their arrests earlier this week and stated they’d video proof of the altercations. They stated they obtained ideas that helped them determine the suspects after the FBI posted the police bodycam video on-line.
“The assault on the U.S. Capitol and on our police officers, together with Brian Sicknick, was an assault on our democracy,” appearing U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman stated on the time. “Those that perpetrated these heinous crimes should be held accountable, and — let me be clear — these illegal actions usually are not and is not going to be tolerated by this division.”
Costs in opposition to them embrace participating in bodily violence on the Capitol grounds, doing so with a “lethal and harmful” weapon, inflicting vital bodily harm, obstructing an official continuing, civil dysfunction, a number of counts of assaulting Capitol Cops, and conspiracy.
An official reason for loss of life for Sicknick has not but been introduced, and the costs in opposition to Khater and Tanios don’t embrace murder offenses.
Khater is from Pennsylvania and Tanios is from West Virginia, however the two grew up collectively in New Jersey.
The investigation into Sicknick’s loss of life is ongoing. He died on the hospital at round 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 7.
Authorities stated that after bodily participating with rioters, he returned to his division workplace and collapsed on Jan. 6.
His stays laid in honor within the Capitol Rotunda final month earlier than a ceremonial send-off on the steps to Arlington Nationwide Cemetery, the place he was interred.
Fox Information’ Jake Gibson, Danielle Wallace and Louis Casiano contributed to this report.