Capitol rioter noticed dangling from Senate balcony surrenders

The rioter seen hanging from the Senate chamber throughout the US Capitol siege has surrendered to authorities, sheriff officers stated.

Josiah Colt, 34, of Boise, Idaho, turned himself into the Ada County Sheriff’s Workplace Tuesday afternoon and was positioned on a US Marshal’s maintain, a sheriff’s division spokesman told the Idaho Statesman.

Colt — who boasted on video that he was “everywhere in the information now” after breaching the Capitol on Jan. 6 — additionally bragged about being the primary rioter to take a seat in a chair reserved for Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, though he was mistaken.

“I simply received within the Capitol constructing,” Colt stated on the clip. “I hopped down into the chamber.”

However Colt, who known as Pelosi “treasonous,” was really sitting in a chair utilized by Vice President Mike Pence within the Senate chamber.

A federal court docket submitting obtained by the newspaper reveals Colt hopped onto the Senate ground someday between 2:20 and four p.m. It additionally famous that the digital advertising skilled has admitted his function within the lethal riot to an area tv station.

Josiah Colt has surrendered to authorities over his role in the Capitol riot on January 6.
Josiah Colt has surrendered to authorities over his function within the Capitol riot on January 6.

“I received caught up within the second and after I noticed the door to the chamber open, I walked in, hopped down and sat on the chair,” Colt told KBOI in assertion. “I stated my peace then I helped a gentleman get to security that was injured then left.”

Colt acknowledged his actions “introduced disgrace” upon himself, however insisted he advised different rioters “to not do any harm” whereas inside, in response to the assertion.

“A few of them wished to trash the place and steal stuff however I advised them to not and to go away every little thing as a substitute,” Colt’s assertion continued, including that he didn’t intend to “put a stain” on the nation’s democratic course of.

Considered one of Colt’s kinfolk, in the meantime, confirmed to FBI investigators that he was the person seen making his means onto the Senate ground, the Statesman reported.

A number of pictures within the federal court docket submitting additionally present him contained in the Senate chamber. Colt was anticipated to make his preliminary court docket look Wednesday morning, the Related Press reported.

Josiah Colt was photographed on the Senate floor on January 6.
Josiah Colt was photographed on the Senate ground on January 6.
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FBI and Division of Justice officers stated Tuesday wide-ranging investigation was underway into the lethal riot, with greater than 70 folks charged up to now. Greater than 100,000 items of digital proof are being analyzed and authorities stated they count on “a whole bunch” of individuals to be charged.