People who help the FBI find a man from Florida who allegedly punched and shoved a riot shield into an officer’s throat during the January 6 Capitol insurrection will get a $15,000 reward. When Jonathan Daniel Pollock, 23, was charged with multiple felonies in June 2021 for his alleged role in the riot, he ran away from law enforcement. Authorities are still looking for people who were part of the mob that stormed the Capitol more than a year ago, even though prosecutors have filed hundreds of charges against them. FBI Tampa Acting Special Agent in Charge Sanjay Virmani said: “The allegations against him aren’t going away, and they must be taken care of.” People who caused violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 will be brought to justice by the FBI, but it will take time.
When Pollock and four other people from Florida went to the Capitol, they were all wearing ballistic vests and other protective gear. When Pollock and his younger brother tried to get past a metal barrier on the west side of the Capitol, they armed themselves with flagpoles and shouted “Let’s go,” prosecutors say. Pollock was charged with assaulting a police officer. It is also said that Pollock kneed and punched another officer and pushed another in the neck, as well as pulling another officer down some steps. Pollock was on the ledge of the upper west terrace for nearly an hour before he tried to pull an officer over the railings, prosecutors say.
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Also, Pollock is said to have taken a riot shield that police were using to protect the Capitol and shoved it into the throat of a policeman. The FBI later found out who Pollock was thanks to social media posts, which law enforcement used to find other people who were involved in the riot that was widely publicized at the time. Afterward, Pollock went back to work and showed off pictures of him at the Capitol, bragging to his coworkers that he was on the news. On the second day that Pollock came back to work, he left because of a family emergency, the affidavit says. He didn’t come back.
According to the FBI, they think Pollock has friends and family in central and north Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee. They also think he has friends and family in Texas. It’s thought that Pollock is a welder and ironworker, but the FBI thinks he may be working on other construction projects as well.