FBI still seeking help identifying hundreds suspected in connection with Jan. 6 Capitol breach

The FBI is racing against the clock as the statute of limitations for most federal criminal offenses is five years.

Published: January 29, 2023 2:58pm

Updated: January 29, 2023 11:13pm

The FBI is still asking the American public for help in identifying hundreds of individuals connected to the Jan. 6 Capitol breach more than two years after the episode as officials rush against the statute of limitations for many cases.

More than 950 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states and Washington, D.C., in connection with the the events of the day, according to the Justice Department.

The FBI's website features more than 1,200 photographs of unidentified people who were allegedly involved in the disorder on Jan. 6, when an unruly crowd swarmed past police lines into the Capitol building as Congress met to certify the disputed results of the 2020 election. Many unidentified individuals have their faces concealed behind masks, while others are far more conspicuous, including at least one unidentified man who seemingly walked around the Capitol shirtless.

The Justice Department said earlier this month that the FBI is seeking to identify about 350 people suspected of committing violent acts in the Capitol on Jan. 6.

The FBI is racing against the clock as the statute of limitations for most federal criminal offenses is five years, giving the agency less than three years to prosecute the bulk of Jan. 6 offenses.

The government has issued arrest warrants for at least three individuals connected to Jan. 6 who have not been taken into custody. The FBI is searching for Adam Villarreal, who is accused of assaulting law enforcement. The agency is offering a reward of up to $30,000 for information leading to the arrest of Jonathan Pollock for multiple counts related to the day's chaotic events. Both men are considered armed and dangerous. A third man, Evan Neumann, faces an arrest warrant, but was granted refugee status in Belarus in March 2022.

The most notable reward is up to $500,000 for information leading to the person or persons responsible for placing pipe bombs near both Democratic and Republican Party headquarters in Washington on Jan. 5, 2021. 

Meanwhile, the treatment of Jan. 6 detainees in the D.C. jail is reportedly so harsh that in October, nearly three dozen of them asked to be transferred to the U.S. detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, if conditions do not improve.

The status of many of the defendants is unknown, as the Justice Department has not updated some of their cases on its website in a year and a half.

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