On January 6, 2021, a group of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol building in an attempt to disrupt the certification of the 2020 presidential election results.
The attack was viewed as a grave threat to the principles of democracy and the rule of law in the United States. The rioters caused damage to the building and its contents, and some were seen carrying Confederate flags and other symbols of hate.
The FBI has opened an investigation into the attack, and a large number of individuals have been arrested, prosecuted, and sentenced in connection with the incident.
Law enforcement officials made one more arrest last week in California in connection with the Capitol attack. Eric Christie, age 56, was taken into custody on Thursday following a long standoff with authorities in the Van Nuys neighborhood, located in the central San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles.
During their investigation, the FBI found evidence that Christie was there at the riot in the Capitol, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and carrying a hammer.
Authorities say that Christie initially refused to comply with a search request, but after several hours of negotiations, he surrendered and was taken into custody by federal agents. Christie is accused of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly weapon and disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly weapon.