WASHINGTON – A Texas man was arrested today for crimes related to the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol, which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was verifying and counting electoral votes related to the ‘presidential election.
Jason Blythe, 26, of Fort Worth, Texas, was named in a superseding indictment returned to the District of Columbia. The indictment, unsealed today, also includes four previously charged defendants in the case: James Tate Grant, 29, of Hot Springs, North Carolina; Paul Russell Johnson, 36, of Lenexa, Virginia; Stephen Chase Randolph, 32, of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, and Ryan Samsel, 38, of Levittown, Pennsylvania. These four defendants had previously pleaded not guilty.
The five defendants are charged in the superseding civil disturbance indictment with assaulting, resisting or impeding officers with a deadly and dangerous weapon, committing physical violence in a building or restricted area, committing an act of physical violence on Capitol grounds, and related offences. Blythe was arrested by the North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force in Fort Worth, Texas. He was scheduled to make his first appearance today in the Northern District of Texas.
As alleged in the indictment, Blythe participated in attacks in which a metal crowd control barrier was used against two United States Capitol Police officers, including one who sustained injuries bodily. According to government evidence, the assault took place at the Peace Circle, where law enforcement was attempting to secure the tight perimeter of the Capitol grounds.
The 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 Northern District of Texas.
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Dallas Field Office and its resident agency in Fort Worth, as well as the FBI’s Washington Field Office, which identified Blythe as No. 52 in its photos of information search. Assistance was provided by the Fort Worth Resident Agency’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes personnel from federal and local law enforcement agencies.
In the year since Jan. 6, more than 725 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 225 people charged with assault or obstruction of the application of the law. The case is still ongoing.
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An indictment is only an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.