WASHINGTON – A Maryland man was convicted today of a felony charge of destroying government property and related minor offenses, for his actions during the breach of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. His actions and the actions others disrupted a joint session of the US Congress called to verify and count electoral votes related to the presidential election.
Nicholas Rodean, 28, of Frederick, Maryland, was convicted of the criminal offense of destroying government property and six misdemeanors, including entering and staying in a restricted building or land; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a capitol building; engage in physical violence in a building or restricted area; disorderly conduct in a capitol building; committing an act of physical violence on the Capitol grounds of the Capitol, and marching, demonstrating, or picketing any building on the Capitol. The bench test was before U.S. District Court Judge Trevor N. McFadden.
According to government evidence, on January 6, 2021, Rodean illegally entered the grounds of the Capitol. He was part of a group of rioters who pushed law enforcement officers posted on the terrace stairs next to scaffolding set up on the northwest side of the building. After arriving at the top of the stairs, this group passed additional officers and bicycle racks, reaching an area just outside a door in the Senate wing of the Capitol building.
The rioters began to attack the door and the large adjacent windows. Rodean joined in the destruction, smashing two large panes of glass in a window adjacent to the door, using a pole and a small round object. After smashing the window pane, Rodean climbed through the empty frame around 2:13 p.m. It was the 15the rioter from illegally entering the Capitol building that day.
Once inside the building, Rodean joined a small crowd of rioters to chase a Capitol Police officer up two flights of stairs to the second floor. He went to a long hallway, known as the Ohio Clock Hall, outside the Senate Chamber floor, where he stayed for more than 30 minutes. At one point, a Capitol Police officer noticed a small round object, appearing to be a small cannonball, in Rodean’s hand. He and another officer convinced Rodean to put the object away. Rodean then produced a hatchet, which the officers also convinced him to put away. After posing for a photo while waving his flag, Rodean was one of the last rioters to leave the Ohio Clock hallway. He left the building around 2:55 p.m.
Rodean’s actions caused over $1,000 in window damage, making property destruction a felony.
He was arrested on January 13, 2021 in Washington, D.C.
Rodean is due to be sentenced on October 21, 2022. The charge of destroying government property carries a legal maximum of 10 years in prison and possible financial penalties. All six offenses carry a combined legal maximum of 4½ years in prison and potential financial penalties. The Court will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. Valuable assistance was provided by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana and the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice.
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington field office, which identified Rodean as No. 23 in its fact-finding photos. Valuable assistance was provided by the FBI Field Office in Baltimore, the United States Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.
In the 18 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 850 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 260 people charged with assaulting or obstructing the ‘law application. The investigation is still ongoing.
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