Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick died from injuries sustained during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
A Middlesex County man has been charged by the FBI with entering the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot in Washington D.C. and attempting to disrupt Congress.
Christopher Joseph Quaglin, 35, of North Brunswick, was charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers or employees, civil disorder and obstruction of official proceedings.
Quaglin was arrested Wednesday in New Brunswick and made his first court appearance that same day.
A manager with the law office of Carlos Diaz-Cobo, the attorney representing Quaglin, said they were not interested in making a statement at this time.
According to the charging documents, on Jan. 6 an individual wearing a red, white and blue shirt, which featured the words “Make America Great Again,” a black helmet with a camera on the front and a gas mask was identified as Quaglin, who has allegedly been captured on video repeatedly assaulting law enforcement officers guarding the Capitol.
Police body camera footage shows rioters at the police line around the Capitol around 1:36 p.m. Jan. 6 with fences separating the crowd and officers, when Quaglin approaches the officers, according to the documents.
Unprovoked, Quaglin allegedly shouts toward Metropolitan Police Department officers, “You don’t want this fight. You do not want this f—– fight. You are on the wrong f—— side. You’re going to bring a f—— pistol, I’m going to bring a f—— cannon. You wait! You wait! You wait!”
Quagin also allegedly grabbed a fence and tried to shake it and push against it while police were on the other side.
In Capitol Police surveillance videos, Quaglin is allegedly seen shoving a police officer, pointing his finger at police officers, holding and pushing a police officer by the neck causing him to start to fall, yelling, striking and shoving a Capitol Police officer, and pushing a Capitol Police officer, according to the documents.
Quaglin allegedly pushed several police officers and wrestled with one officer, according to the documents say.
He also allegedly ripped a barrier fence designed to keep rioters out of the Capitol and picked up police shields dropped by retreating officers and passing them to others.
Quaglin allegedly is seen on Capitol Police surveillance footage attacking officers with a stolen riot shield and spraying them with a chemical irritant. He is seen on video footage at the front line of rioters attempting to get past law enforcement officers guarding the Lower West Terrace.
He allegedly sprayed a chemical irritant directly in the face of a police officer who was not wearing a face shield or gas mask for protection.
Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, 42, a native of South River, died following the attack on the Capitol. Two men have been charged with spraying Sicknick with a chemical but not for causing his death, which remains under investigation.
According to the charging documents, law enforcement received a tip from an anonymous source that provided four “Live” videos recorded from a Facebook account with the vanity name “Chris Trump,” that allegedly belonged to Quaglin.
Police also confirmed Quaglin rented six rooms at a Washington D.C. hotel between Jan 5 and Jan. 7which appears to be the same hotel featured in some of the live videos.
Suzanne Russell is a breaking news reporter for MyCentralJersey.com covering crime, courts and other mayhem. To get unlimited access, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
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