Arizona horn-wearing man arrested for role in Capitol mob

Jan 9, 2021, 10:18 AM | Updated: Jan 10, 2021, 2:27 pm
Jake Angeli, a supporter of President Donald Trump, speaks at a rally outside the Maricopa County R...
Jake Angeli, a supporter of President Donald Trump, speaks at a rally outside the Maricopa County Recorder's Office Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Phoenix. Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by the historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — The Arizona man dressed in horns, face paint and bearskin headress known as Jake Angeli was taken into custody and charged with multiple counts for his role in breaking into the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday.

Angeli, whose real name is Jacob Anthony Chansley, 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 a release by the US Department of Justice.

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.

Along with the horn and animal skin attire, Angeli was also recognizable by carrying a spear along with his shirtless appearance and tan pants.

He was one of three men charged in federal court along with Adam Johnson, 36, of Florida, and Derrick Evans, 35, of West Virginia for their role in the riot that left five people dead.

Chansley has been hard to miss at local protests in support of President Donald Trump, with his fuzzy hat with horns, bare tattooed torso and painted face.

He was among the crowd of demonstrators outside the Maricopa County Election Center in downtown Phoenix who demanded that workers, who were inside counting votes for the November election, do what they already were doing.

After pro-Trump rioters overpowered police and laid siege to the Capitol, Angeli was seen inside the building, including in the Senate chambers, carrying an American flag and a bullhorn.

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Arizona horn-wearing man arrested for role in Capitol mob