Three active-duty Marines face charges for allegedly entering the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
An FBI investigation led to the arrest this week of Cpl. Micah Coomer and Sgts. Joshua Abate and Dodge Dale Hellonen, court documents show. The three men each face four charges, including illegal entry and disorderly conduct.
Investigators relied on surveillance camera footage and open-source materials to identify the men amid the crowd of people who entered the U.S. Capitol, disrupting lawmakers meeting to certify President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. The trio allegedly spent about 52 minutes inside the building.
Search warrants issued to Facebook and Verizon assisted in the inquiry. A federal affidavit disclosed messages on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, that show Coomer suggesting the 2020 election was fraudulent