WASHINGTON, D.C. – A former St. Ansgar man and his son have been arrested for storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, after tipsters turned them in for bragging about the attack in social media posts.
According to court documents:
The U.S. Capitol is secured 24 hours a day by U.S. Capitol Police. Restrictions around the U.S. Capitol include permanent and temporary security barriers and posts manned by U.S. Capitol Police. Only authorized people with appropriate identification are allowed access inside the U.S. Capitol. On January 6, 2021, the exterior plaza of the U.S. Capitol was also closed to members of the public.
On January 6, 2021, a joint session of the United States Congress convened at the United States Capitol, which is located at First Street, SE, in Washington, D.C. During the joint session, elected members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate were meeting in separate chambers of the United States Capitol to certify the vote count of the Electoral College of the 2020 Presidential Election, which had taken place on November 3, 2020. The joint session began at approximately 1:00 p.m. Shortly thereafter, by approximately 1:30 p.m., the House and Senate adjourned to separate chambers to resolve a particular objection. Vice President Mike Pence was present and presiding, first in the joint session, and then in the Senate chamber.
As the proceedings continued in both the House and the Senate, and with Vice President Mike Pence present and presiding over the Senate, a large crowd gathered outside the U.S. Capitol. As noted above, temporary and permanent barricades were in place around the exterior of the U.S. Capitol building, and U.S. Capitol Police were present and attempting to keep the crowd away from the Capitol building and the proceedings underway inside.
At such time, the certification proceedings were still underway and the exterior doors and windows of the U.S. Capitol were locked or otherwise secured. Members of the U.S. Capitol Police attempted to maintain order and keep the crowd from entering the Capitol; however, around 2:00 p.m., individuals in the crowd forced entry into the U.S. Capitol, including by breaking windows and by assaulting members of the U.S. Capitol Police, as others in the crowd encouraged and assisted those acts.
Shortly thereafter, at approximately 2:20 p.m. members of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate, including the President of the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence, were instructed to—and did—evacuate the chambers. Accordingly, the joint session of the United States Congress was effectively suspended until shortly after 8:00 p.m. Vice President Pence remained in the United States Capitol from the time he was evacuated from the Senate Chamber until the sessions resumed.
During national news coverage of the aforementioned events, video footage which appeared to be captured on mobile devices of persons present on the scene depicted evidence of violations of local and federal law, including scores of individuals inside the U.S. Capitol building without authority to be there.
On January 7, 2021 an individual who will be referred to as, Complainant A, called the FBI National Threat Operations Center to report that DANIEL JOHNSON from Austin, MN posted video to his Snapchat account from inside the U.S. Capitol building during the riot. Complainant A also knew DANIEL JOHNSON to have the cellular telephone number ending in – 8691.
On January 18, 2021, an individual who will be referred to as Complainant B submitted a tip through the fbi.gov/uscapitol online portal which included a screenshot of a Facebook comment written by DANIEL JOHNSON that stated, “I was one of the first ones inside the capitol building.”
On March 1, 2021, an individual who will be referred to as Complainant C, submitted a tip to the FBI through the FBI’s online portal alleging that DANIEL JOHNSON and his father DARYL JOHNSON were inside the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021, during the riots.
During the investigation, the FBI uncovered videos of DARYL and DANIEL JOHNSON inside the U.S. Capitol. Screenshots from these videos are below. DANIEL JOHNSON is circled in blue, and DARYL JOHNSON is circled in red.
Social media accounts belonging to these two men were seized and searched by investigators after tipsters called in. They discovered phrases indicating, “We stormed Capitol Hill” and “Dad and I were one one the first ones inside.”
To further identify DARYL and DANIEL JOHNSON as the subjects captured in numerous photographs and video clips taken from inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, FBI agents interviewed Officer Lane Schutjer, Detective Bruce Hemann, and Complainant C.
Officer Lane Schutjer of the St. Ansgar Police Department, located in St. Ansgar, Iowa, was shown Photographs A-D. Officer Schutjer identified the subject circled in red in photographs A-D to be DARYL JOHNSON. Officer Schutjer is familiar with the family, because DARYL JOHNSON’s father was previously the Mayor of St. Ansgar and because Officer Schutjer has also personally interacted with DARYL JOHNSON.
Mower County Sheriffs Detective Bruce Hemann, an individual that has had several in-person interactions with Daiyl and Daniel Johnson, was shown Photograph C. He identified the individual circled in red as DARYL JOHNSON (age 50). Detective Hemann also believed it was possible that the individual circled in blue was DANIEL JOHNSON (age 29).
C. Complainant C personally knows DANIEL JOHNSON. Complainant C was shown photographs taken from inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, similar to Photographs A-D. Complainant C identified DANIEL JOHNSON in each of the photographs as the young male in a dark shirt with a gray hat, black sunglasses on top of the hat, and a red, white, and blue neck guard. Based on the foregoing, your affiant submits that there is probable cause to believe that DARYL JOHNSON and DANIEL JOHNSON violated 18 U.S.C. § 1752(a)(1) and (2), which makes it a crime to (1) knowingly enter or remain in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do; and (2) knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engage in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions; or attempts or conspires to do so.
The Johnsons are shared with:
– entering and remaining in a restricted building
– disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building
– violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building
– parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building
Reportedly, both men remain free at this time as they await future court hearings.