FBI in Florida captures 3 people linked to Jan. 6 on third anniversary of riot

FBI in Florida captures 3 people linked to Jan. 6 on third anniversary of riot

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The FBI apprehended three people accused of participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, at a ranch in Florida, the agency announced Saturday.

FBI’s Tampa office identified the fugitives as Jonathan Daniel Pollock, his sister Olivia Michele Pollock and Joseph Daniel Hutchinson III. They are scheduled to appear in federal court in Ocala, Fla., on Jan. 8, the office wrote on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

“No further details concerning their capture are available at this time,” the agency added.

The bureau was offering up to $30,000 for any information on Jonathan Pollock, who was accused of attacking police and using a riot shield as a weapon during the riots. Olivia Pollock has been missing since at least March, after she disappeared shortly before her trial was set to begin, the Associated Press reported.

Hutchinson, who has also been missing since he failed to show up at his trial last year, worked with the Pollocks at their families gun shop in Lakeland, Fla., according to prosecutors.

The three were charged in July 2021 alongside two others: Joshua Christopher Doolin and Michael Steven Perkins. Both men were sentenced in August, with Doolin being handed 18 months and Perkins given 4 years in prison.

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Saturday’s arrests come on the third anniversary of the insurrection. More than 1,000 defendants have either pleaded guilty or been convicted of crimes related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, ranging from felonies such as seditious conspiracy and assault, to misdemeanors, like trespassing. 

Justice Department statistics released Friday noted that of the people charged in the wake of Jan. 6, 718 have pleaded guilty, while another 139 have been convicted at trial.

President Biden gave a fiery rebuke of the riots Friday, arguing that former President Trump and his GOP allies have embraced the same extremism in their agenda as was displayed during the Capitol attack.

“Donald Trump’s campaign is obsessed with the past, not the future. He’s willing to sacrifice democracy to put himself in power,” the president warned in his roughly 30-minute speech in Valley Forge, Pa., adding that “Trump’s assault on democracy isn’t just part of his past, it’s what he’s promising with the future. He’s being straightforward. He’s not hiding the ball.”

Trump hit back, calling Biden’s speech a “pathetic fearmongering campaign event.”

“Joe Biden’s record is an unbroken streak of weakness, incompetence, corruption and failure,” he claimed. “Other than that, he’s doing quite well,” Trump said, mocking the president.

The former president has previously said he would pardon Jan. 6 defendants if reelected in November.

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