Authorities have arrested Julian Elie Khater from Pennsylvania and George Pierre Tanios of Morgantown, West Virginia, in connection with the attack by Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who died January 6 after injuries in the Capitol riot.
"Khater and Tanios are charged on nine counts, including assaulting Sicknick, a US Capitol police officer identified as C. Edwards, and a DC police officer identified as B. Chapman with a deadly weapon. They are also charged with civil disorder and obstruction of a Congressional process. The charges are punished with up to 20 years in prison, ”the Washington Post said.
Khater and Tanios were identified after authorities received information from tipsters who responded to desired images from surveillance video and body cam footage published by the FBI. The two men were not charged with murder as a specific cause of death has not been established.
Five people, including Sicknick, died on Jan. 6 after a group of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol to scrap the 2020 general election results. Trump was later indicted by the House of Representatives (and eventually acquitted by the Senate) for instigating the insurrection.
Sicknick was the third officer in history to be honored in the Capitol Rotunda, where lawmakers, officers, and President Joe and First Lady Jill Biden paid their respects.
Last week, tThe Justice Department announced that at least 100 other people will be charged in connection with the attack.
"The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Attack is likely to be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the type and volume of evidence," federal prosecutors said in a file filed Friday.
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