On Wednesday, a mob of Trump supporters, encouraged by President Trump himself, converged on the U.S. Capitol, swept past law enforcement and rampaged through the halls of Congress.
The insurrection resulted in the deaths of a Capitol Police officer who was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher and a rioter who was shot by a police officer as she tried to push her way into the heavily protected Speaker’s Lobby, just outside the House chamber. Three others died as a result of “medical emergencies” on the Capitol grounds, according to the authorities.
In the days since the riot, federal and local authorities have begun arresting people who they said were involved. More arrests are expected as investigators scrutinize photographs, videos and social media posts to identify the protesters. The F.B.I. has received more than 40,000 tips, including photos and videos, a number that does not include tips that people have submitted by phone.
On Friday, the Justice Department announced that it had charged 13 people. Dozens of others have been charged in Superior Court in Washington, D.C., with unlawful entry, curfew violations and firearms-related crimes.
Here are a few of the people who face charges.
Mr. Angeli, a well-known conspiracy theorist who was photographed in the Capitol on Wednesday, was arrested on Saturday. He entered the building shirtless, with his face painted red, white and blue, and wearing a fur headdress with horns. He also carried a spear, about six feet long, with an American flag affixed just below the blade, according to the Justice Department.
Nicknamed Q Shaman for his propagation of baseless QAnon conspiracy theories, Mr. Angeli has been a fixture at pro-Trump rallies in Arizona since the 2016 election.
He was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Mr. Johnson, 36, of Parrish, Fla., was arrested by U.S. marshals on Friday night after a widely circulated photograph showed him smiling and waving as he hauled off Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern. He wore a Trump knit hat with the number “45” on the front.
Jail booking records from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office offered few details about Mr. Johnson’s arrest but showed that he was taken into custody on a federal warrant. The records list a few identifying tattoos, including one that reads “God, wings, cross.” He was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, one count of theft of government property, and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Mr. Barnett, 60, of Gravette, Ark., was photographed sitting with his feet on a desk in Ms. Pelosi’s office. He was arrested on Friday in Bentonville, Ark. He is scheduled to appear in federal court on Tuesday and will ultimately be extradited to Washington, D.C.
He was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, violent entry, disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and theft of public money, property, or records
Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr.
Mr. Meredith was charged with threatening Ms. Pelosi after he traveled to Washington for the pro-Trump rally on Wednesday and sent a text message saying he would put “a bullet in her noggin on Live TV,” the federal authorities said.
Federal agents said he had been staying at a Holiday Inn in Washington and had weapons in his camper-style trailer, including a Glock handgun, a pistol, a Tavor X95 assault rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Mr. Meredith has connections to the QAnon conspiracy movement, and that he erected a billboard in Acworth, Ga., in 2018 that read, “#QANON” along with the name of his business, Car Nutz Car Wash. He was charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce, possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, according to court records.
Mr. Jensen was captured on video pushing far into the Capitol, ignoring the warnings of a law enforcement officer. The F.B.I. arrested him early Saturday morning.
The video, taken by Igor Bobic of HuffPost, shows the officer backing away as Mr. Jensen approaches him, moving up the stairs and through the halls of the building.
Mr. Evans resigned from the West Virginia House of Delegates on Saturday after participating in the storming of the Capitol. He faces two federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Mr. Evans, a Republican who was elected to the West Virginia House in November, filmed himself entering the Capitol on Wednesday. Like many other members of the mob, he made no effort to conceal his involvement. “We’re in!” he said in his video. “We’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!”
Bradley Rukstales, the former chief executive of an Illinois marketing company, was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, the Department of Justice said.
Mr. Rukstales’s company Cogensia, based in Schaumburg, Ill., said in a statement on Friday that he had been placed on leave. “Mr. Rukstales’ actions were his own,” the company said in a statement. “He was not acting on behalf of our company nor do his actions in any way reflect the policies or values of our firm.” The company’s interim chief executive told CBS Chicago later on Friday that Mr. Rukstales had been fired.
Reporting was contributed by Maggie Astor, Adam Goldman, Michael Levenson and Will Wright.
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