Five people who federal investigators say are associated with the far-right group America First have been arrested in connection with last year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.
In addition to numerous criminal charges, they are accused of entering House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s conference room, according to a court filing.
The Justice Department said in the filing that the leadership of America First “has espoused a belief that they are defending against the demographic and cultural changes in America.”
Members of the group are commonly referred to as “Groypers.”
One of the defendants, Joseph Brody, 23, of Springfield, Virginia, faces felony charges of assaulting, resisting or impeding law enforcement officers, causing bodily injury, interfering with a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder and obstruction of an official proceeding.
NBC News has asked Brody’s attorney for comment.
In the complaint affidavit filed last week, FBI investigators said Brody and the four other defendants entered the Capitol together on Jan. 6, 2021, and that camera video showed the group moving throughout the building and “enabling the disruption of U.S. Congressional proceedings along with other rioters, for over 30 minutes.”
Brody is accused of entering Pelosi’s office with Thomas Carey, 21, of Pittsburgh; Gabriel Chase, 22, of Gainesville, Florida; Jon Lizak, 21, of Cold Spring Harbor, New York; and Paul Ewald Lovley, 23, of Halethorpe, Maryland. Brody’s fellow defendants face misdemeanor charges.
Investigators also said Brody entered the Senate floor Senate and took photos or video of senators’ desks. Brody is accused of helping another rioter use a metal barricade against a Capitol Police officer, who was knocked back as he tried to secure the door.
According to the filing, the group also watched the destruction of media equipment, which had been surrounded by metal barricades, with Brody and Chase taking part in the destruction.
Brody, known to online sleuths as #suitguy, can be seen wearing a charcoal suit and a striped tie with a U.S.-flag-styled neck gaiter in Jan. 6 screenshots and open-source media cited in the affidavit.
More than 850 people have been arrested in connection with the Capitol attack, and more than 350 have been convicted.