Five Tampa Bay-area residents have been indicted for assault on law enforcement officers during the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, the U.S. Justice Department said.
What You Need To Know
- 5 Tampa Bay residents indicted for assault on law enforcement officers on Jan. 6
- They join about 500 suspects nationwide charnged in ongoing federal investigation
- Arrests linked to Capitol breach include at least 36 in Central Florida and Tampa Bay
Federal prosecutors charged Plant City resident Michael Steven Perkins, 37, and Lakeland residents Olivia Michele Pollock, 30, Joshua Christopher Doolin, 22, and Joseph Daniel Hutchinson III, 25, with federal offenses that include assault on law enforcement, violent entry and disorderly conduct and theft of government property, the Justice Department said in a news release.
Another Lakeland resident, Jonathan Daniel Pollock, 21, remains at large, the Justice Department said.
They join about 500 suspects nationwide charged in the ongoing federal investigation. Those include at least 36 in Central Florida and Tampa Bay and at least 55 in Florida.
Olivia Pollock, Doolin and Perkins made their initial court appearance on June 30 in the Middle District of Florida. Hutchison made his initial court appearance in the Middle District of Georgia the same day, according to the news release.
Citing court documents and video, the Justice Department details the allegations like so, with Jonathan and Olivia Pollock, Hutchinson, Doolin and Perkins on the west side of the Capitol on Jan. 6:
Brandishing flagpoles, Jonathan Pollock and his younger brother charged toward a line of police officers, and Jonathan Pollock yelled “Let’s go!” while trying to push through a metal barricade. Pollock then pulled one officer down a set of steps, kneeing and punching another officer in the face and punching and pushing a third officer by the neck, the news release said.
Later, prosecutors say Hutchinson charged a line of police officers and began throwing punches.
Meanwhile, the release stated, Jonathan Pollock seized a riot shield from an officer before pulling the officer down the steps and taking the shield. Pollock then held the riot shield in front of him, charged up the steps and slammed into the police line, according to officials.
Perkins picked up a flagpole and thrust it into the chest of a police officer. Perkins then raised the flagpole over his head and appeared to strike an officer in the back of his head, the news release stated.
Jonathan Pollock is accused of grappling with another officer and swinging his arm to strike him. Prosecutors say he seized a riot shield, which he thrusted into an officer’s throat and face before thrusting the shield toward another officer.
As police officers began moving down the steps of the Capitol, according to the relese, Hutchinson stepped forward and punched an officer.
Olivia Pollock then attempted to strip an officer of his baton, prosecutors say. After getting knocked back, she raised her hands in a fighting posture, elbowed the officer in the chest and again tried to strip the baton from the officer.
At one point, the news release stated, Jonathan and Olivia Pollock, Doolin, and Perkins stood on the ledge of the upper west terrace. Jonathan Pollock yelled, “Let’s go,” climbed to the front of the bleachers, grabbed an officer by the shoulders and attempted to pull him over the railings.
Later, at another location, Jonathan Pollock is accused of slamming and pushing a riot shield into a line of officers, pinning the officers’ shields and preventing them from defending themselves against the attack.