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An alleged Capitol rioter was busted after investigators matched video showing his oversized stomach tattoo to an old mug shot, federal authorities said.
James Burton McGrew, 39, who allegedly struck two cops during the Jan. 6 siege, was arrested Friday in Glendale, Arizona, after his large “KING JAMES” stomach ink was tied to the 2012 booking photo, a federal criminal complaint shows.
Video footage from a police officer’s body camera caught McGrew inside the US Capitol as rioters tried to disrupt the certification of President Biden’s election victory, according to the complaint.
McGrew allegedly lifted his shirt to wipe his eyes while inside the building, revealing the tattoo that ultimately led to his identification and subsequent arrest.
An FBI Joint Task Force Officer wrote in the complaint that McGrew “aggressively approached” law enforcement officers inside the Capitol while holding up his phone and identifying them by name and badge number.
“We’re coming in here, whether you like it or not,” McGrew allegedly said. “Fight with us, not against us.”
Minutes later, McGrew was caught on body-cam footage inside the Capitol Rotunda, where he struck a law enforcement officer as they tried to push back the angry mob, the complaint states.
McGrew briefly retreated but then allegedly continued to disobey orders by again approaching the officers.
“Just leave, just leave, man,” one officer told McGrew, but he was undeterred, according to the complaint.
“You leave,” McGrew allegedly replied. “You leave. This is our house.”
McGrew then allegedly hit another officer and lunged for his baton, according to the complaint.
A tipster contacted the FBI on Jan. 7 to report that McGrew previously said he planned to go to Washington to protest the “stolen vote.” Weeks later, another source told the FBI they had photos depicting McGraw inside the Capitol, the complaint shows.
McGrew — one of more than 400 people charged in the Jan. 6 riot that left five people dead — is facing counts including assaulting, resisting or impeding an officer, obstruction of an official proceeding and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds.
He made his initial court appearance Tuesday, according to US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney who could speak on his behalf and attempts to reach him Thursday at a number listed in Tucson were unsuccessful.
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