After an unsuccessful attempt to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden as president on January 6, three Lake County residents have been charged in connection with an attack on the U.S. Capitol. Ryan Swoope, 28, is accused of pepper spraying a police officer at the United States Capitol. Saul Llamas, 29, and Jordan Siemers, 25, have also been charged with multiple felonies for their alleged involvement in the break-in of the U.S. Capitol. They’re all Perry Township natives.
On Thursday, U.S. District Magistrate Judge James Grimes released all three on unsecured bonds totaling $20,000. Their cases have been moved to the federal court in Washington, D.C. On Monday, the judge, in that case, was supposed to hold a hearing by videoconference. Swoope’s attorney Leif Christman declined to comment at this time. To get more information, Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer reached out to Hector Martinez, Llamas’ attorney, and the federal public defender’s office, which is representing Siemers.
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The court documents show that Llamas and Siemers are dating and that they are childhood friends of Swoope’s. According to documents filed in court, the FBI was able to identify Llamas, Siemers, and Swoope by reviewing online footage of the attack, body camera films of officers, cellphone data, and interviews with others who knew them.
Roughly nine minutes passed while Llamas and Siemers were inside the Capitol. Swope walked into the Senate Spouse’s Lounge with a group of people and yelled, “Whose house? Share the phrase “our house!” with others. Swoope moved outside the building and waited at the north door as police called for the mob to disperse, donning a red Make America Great Again winter cap.
According to the evidence presented in court, Swoope was among the mob that broke over the police line and entered the premises. He reached into his pocket for a can of chemical spray and sprayed it at the row of police officers. According to the court documents, body camera footage showed a U.S. Capitol police sergeant coughing and struggling after the chemicals hit his face.
The three are the latest to join a growing list of Ohioans facing charges related to the Capitol building disaster. Fifty-three Ohioans are among the almost 900 persons charged in the investigation. These accusations surface just two days after the investigation’s most high-profile conviction. The Oath Keepers‘ founder, Stewart Rhodes, and its Florida chapter commander, Kelly Meggs, were found guilty of seditious conspiracy by a federal jury in Washington, D.C.
An Ohio bartender, Jessica Watkins, was convicted guilty of conspiracy to obstruct an official procedure and four other felony offenses at the same trial. Prosecutors claim Watkins was the leader of a militia in Champaign County.