W. Virginia lawmaker charged for his involvement in the Capitol riot as grandma ‘thanks’ president

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A newly sworn-in West Virginia delegate has been arrested on two federal misdemeanors, joining the list of MAGA supporters arrested during Wednesday’s riots at the Capitol.  

Republican West Virginia State House member Derrick Evans, 35, has been charged with entering a restricted public building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, WSAZ reported.  

The charges stem from Evans involvement in the riot, which was captured in a Facebook Live video he took of himself as he entered the Capitol building during the riots and shouting, ‘We’re in! We’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!’

West Virginia delegate Derrick Evans is pictured being arrested at his home in West Virginia Friday. He's facing two federal charges in connection with Wednesday's Capitol riot

West Virginia delegate Derrick Evans is pictured being arrested at his home in West Virginia Friday. He’s facing two federal charges in connection with Wednesday’s Capitol riot

A woman claiming to be Evans' grandmother 'thanked' Trump for inciting the riot

A woman claiming to be Evans’ grandmother ‘thanked’ Trump for inciting the riot

West Virginia Republican state Del. Derrick Evans exits the Sidney L. Christie U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building after being arraigned, Friday

West Virginia Republican state Del. Derrick Evans exits the Sidney L. Christie U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building after being arraigned, Friday

The affidavit, obtained by the news station, notes that during the live video, Evans can also be heard chanting to people in the doorway and the front of the of the crowd of rioters saying, ‘Move! Move! Move!’

FBI agents were spotted arriving at Evans home in Prichard, West Virginia, Friday afternoon and taking him into custody. 

As Evans, wearing a Tolsia Rebels high school sweat suit, was escorted to a car and driven away by authorities, a woman emerged from the house and told WSAZ that she was his grandmother. 

She said that ‘He’s a fine man,’ referring to Evans. 

‘And thank you, Mr. Trump, for invoking a riot at the White House,’ she added. 

Evans was taken to a federal courthouse in Huntington, West Virginia, for a hearing Friday and released on a personal recognizance bond. Evans is charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, WV Metro News reported.

West Virginia Del. Derrick Evans filmed himself entering the Capitol building

Evans

West Virginia Del. Derrick Evans filmed himself entering the Capitol building (left). Evans is also pictured at right

The federal affidavit against Evans noted that prior to Wednesday’s riots, Evans had a meme stating ‘A storm is coming, and there is nothing the left can do to stop it!’ on his Facebook page on New Year’s Eve. 

On December 30, 2020, Evans was also said to have posted a meme with a picture of President Trump and the statement: ‘Take America back. Be there. Be Wild. D.C., January 6th 2021.’

In the video, the affidavit noted, Evans could be heard telling other riots not to vandalize anything, WSAZ reported.  

On Wednesday, after the riot, Evans posted a statement on his Facebook page which read: ‘I want to assure you all that I did not have any negative interactions with law enforcement, nor did I participate in any destruction that may have occurred.’

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has said that Evans should resign from his delegate position. 

Evans’ lawyer has said that Evans will not do that in a statement on Thursday.  

The charge of entering a restricted government building is a misdemeanor offense, which could lead to fines. The penalty could increase, however, ‘the offense results in significant bodily harm,’ according to WV Metro News. 

The second charge against Evans is also a misdemeanor and could result in six months of jail time if he’s convicted.  

Evans is one of several people arrested in connection with the MAGA riot, including Richard Barnett, 60, who was pictured putting his feet up on Nancy Pelosi’s desk and Lonnie Coffman, 70, who brought 11 Molotov cocktails, two handguns and an assault rifle to the Capitol that day. 

Richard Barnett, 60, has been charged with unlawful entry

Richard Barnett, 60, has been charged with unlawful entry

The DoJ announced on a call with reporters on Friday afternoon that 13 people had been charged including Barnett, who had also left a threatening note on Pelosi’s desk Wednesday.

Barnett, who proudly referred to himself as a white nationalist on social media, was charged with unlawful entry. He was taken into custody at his home in Little Rock, Arkansas. It’s unclear where he now is or if he’ll be extradited but he is in custody. 

He has been charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful entry; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and theft of public money, property, or records.  

Coffman has also been arrested after police found his red GMC pick-up truck near the RNC – where a pipe bomb was left. He has not been charged over the pipe bomb but cops found two handguns, 11 Molotov cocktails and an M4 carbine assault rifle in his vehicle. 

He has been charged with possession an unregistered firearm (destructive device) and carrying a pistol without a license. 

Officials on Friday called what he had produced ‘homemade napalm’ and said the Molotov cocktails  

The MAGA rioter who put his feet up on Nancy Pelosi 's desk was arrested along with a man who brought 11 Molotov cocktails, two handguns and an assault rifle to the Capitol on Wednesday

The MAGA rioter who put his feet up on Nancy Pelosi ‘s desk was arrested along with a man who brought 11 Molotov cocktails, two handguns and an assault rifle to the Capitol on Wednesday

More than 80 people have been arrested in total and 55 are being pursued on federal charges, officials said on the call. 

THE RIOTERS AND THEIR CHARGES

Cleveland Meredith – making interstate threats to Nancy Pelosi

Richard Barnett – breaking into Pelosi’s office

Lonnie Coffman – possession of an unregistered firearm and carrying without a license. He had 11 Molotov cocktails in his truck.

Mark Leffingwell – entering a restricted building, punching a cop

Christopher Alberts – carrying a 9mm gun

Joshua Pruitt – entering restricted building

Matthew Council – entering restricted building, disorderly conduct

Cindy Fitchett – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct, violent entry

Michael Curzio – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct

Douglas Sweet – entering a restricted buulding , disorderly conduct

Bradley Ruskelas – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct

Terry Brown – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct

Thomas Gallagher – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct

Derrick Evans – entering a restricted public building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds

Dozens more remain free and the FBI is scrambling to catch them with public appeals for help and rewards for information after Wednesday’s disastrous attempts by law enforcement to control the crowd. 

Their failure to arrest the rioters – many of whom had guns and overpowered them – has outraged millions of Americans who compared the soft touch to the harsh crackdown by police on BLM protesters during the summer. 

The cops found Coffman’s vehicle and searched it after securing a perimeter in the area surrounding the DNC and RNC, where two pipe bombs had been left. 

The bomb squad had been called in to help with that. 

It was during a sweep of the area that they found Coffman’s van. 

‘One black handgun was recovered from the right front passenger seat of the vehicle. 

‘After locating the black handgun, officers proceeded to search the rest of the pickup truck, including the bed of the truck, which was secured under a fabric top. 

‘During the search of the cab of the truck, officers recovered, among other things, one M4 Carbine assault rifle along with rifle magazines loaded with ammunition,’ the affidavit supporting his arrest says. 

Coffman was arrested after approaching cops in a female friend’s car, asking if he could access his vehicle again. 

He asked them: ‘Did find the bombs?’ which the cops thought was a reference to the materials in his car but he says was in reference to those left outside the DNC and RNC.  

The cop who Leffingwell is accused of punching signed his arrest affidavit. 

In it, he describes how he attacked him in the Captiol building. 

‘In the course of this effort and while inside the Capitol building, I encountered an adult male who later identified himself to me as Mark Jefferson Leffingwell. 

‘Leffingwell attempted to push past me and other officers. 

‘When he was deterred from advancing further into the building, Leffingwell punched me repeatedly with a closed fist. 

The DoJ announced on a call with reporters on Friday afternoon that 13 people had been charged including Richard Barnett, 60

Police have also arrested 70-year-old Lonnie Coffman man whose car was found near the RNC, where a pipe bomb was left . It's unclear if this Coffman. The FBI released this image on Thursday in pursuit of the pipe bomber. Coffman had 11 Molotov cocktails, an assault rifle and two handguns with him

The DoJ announced on a call with reporters on Friday afternoon that 13 people had been charged including Richard Barnett, 60

‘I was struck in the helmet that I was wearing and in the chest. 

‘Working with other officers, I was able to gain control over Leffingwell, who attempted to struggle while being detained. 

‘I transported Leffingwell to United States Capitol Police headquarters for processing,’ the cop, Daniel Amendola, wrote. 

Another cop described seeing a ‘bulge’ in Christopher Alberts’ pocket which he recognized to be a handgun at 7.25pm, more than an hour after the curfew had been put in place.

‘While pushing Alberts towards the line, I tapped the bulge with my baton and felt a hard object that I immediately recognized to be a firearm. At the time, Alberts was also wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying a backpack,’ officer Dallan Haynes wrote. 

Pruitt was among a group of people who refused to leave the Capitol after the 6pm curfew. Council was among the group that pushed a barricade down to get into the building.  

Cindy Fitchett, Michael Curzio, Douglas Sweet, Terry Brown, Bradley Rukstales, and Thomas Gallgher are charged in the same complaint for refusing to leave. 

No one has been arrested yet in connection with the death of Capitol cop Brian Sicknick, 42, who died in the hospital after being hit, allegedly in the head, with a fire extinguisher.  

‘This is an ongoing investigation we’re working this with our partners to ascertain what happened in that situation. 

‘We are 100 percent on it and are getting to those answers,’ FBI Washington Field Office ADIC Steven D’antuono said. 

Sicknick was himself a Trump fan who posted on social media about his support of the President. 

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