Arizona man arrested for allegedly assaulting officers during Jan. 6 attacks

Mar 15, 2022, 4:00 PM | Updated: 4:05 pm
Jacob Zerkle (USDOJ Photos)...
Jacob Zerkle (USDOJ Photos)
(USDOJ Photos)

PHOENIX — An Arizona man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly assaulted multiple officers during the Jan. 6 attacks at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., last year, authorities said.

Jacob Zerkle, 50, of Bowie was charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers, civil disorder, engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds and related offenses, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Zerkle allegedly threw several punches at one officer, pushed another and grabbed the baton of a third officer, according to court documents.

Zerkle told investigators in October he and a family member drove to D.C. to protest about election integrity, ending up at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

He said he pushed into police officers and “probably did something dumb,” court documents said.

Zerkle’s initial court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday in Arizona.

In over a year since the attacks, law enforcement has arrested more than 775 people connected to the events of Jan. 6.

That includes a handful of Arizona residents, notably the “QAnon Shaman.”

Jacob Chansley was sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in breaching the Capitol.

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Arizona man arrested for allegedly assaulting officers during Jan. 6 attacks