WASHINGTON – A West Virginia man was arrested today on felony charges for his actions during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to verify and count electoral votes related to the presidential election.
John Thomas Gordon, 47, of Bayard, West Virginia, is charged in a criminal complaint filed in the District of Columbia with civil disorder, felony and related misdemeanors. He was arrested in Martinsburg, West Virginia. He is due to make his first court appearance today in the Northern District of West Virginia.
According to court documents, on Jan. 6, Gordon was illegally on Capitol grounds and took part in violence outside the Capitol’s North Gate. Police were on the other side of the glass door, trying to secure the building. Gordon repeatedly threw a hard object at the north door. He also kicked the door in an attempt to destroy it to enter. He also shouted obscenities at law enforcement officers on the other side of the door.
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 Northern District of West Virginia.
The case is being investigated by the FBI Field Office in Pittsburgh and its resident agency in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and the FBI Field Office in Washington, who identified Gordon as number 218 on his information search photos. Valuable assistance was provided by the US 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. Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.
A complaint is only an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.