Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer arrested, faces six charges related to Capitol building riots
Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer has been arrested in connection with the violent protests at the Capitol building on January 6.
Earlier this month, a number of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in Washington D.C. in shocking scenes of violence and rioting, which resulted in the deaths of five people.
Jon was soon identified in a photograph of protestors inside the building, who had initially gathered to oppose President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the U.S. elections, before a number broke past security.
Jon is reported to have turned himself in on January 17. Announced in a statement tweeted by FBI Indianapolis, Jon faces six charges relating to what happened in the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
According to the FBI Indianapolis Field Office, Jon is facing the following charges:
- Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
- Disrupting the Orderly Conduct of Government Business
- Knowingly Engages in an Act of Physical Violence Against any Person or Property in any Restricted Building or Grounds
- Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
- Engage in an Act of Physical Violence in a Capitol Building
- Parade, Demonstrate, or Picket in a Capitol Building
Concerning the “Engage in an Act of Physical Violence in a Capitol Building” charge, FBI Indianapolis said that “Schaffer was allegedly among rioters who sprayed Capitol police with ‘bear spray.’ ”
Following the identification of Jon Schaffer, last week his Iced Earth bandmates released a statement distancing themselves from the guitarist, saying they do not condone the pro-Trump riots.
Posting on bassist Luke Appleton’s Instagram, the band – completed by vocalist Stu Block, drummer Brent Smedley and guitarist Jake Dreyer said,“We want to thank those of you who have sent words of support in recent days. Some of you have been concerned by our silence, which we understand. We needed some time to properly process the information and find out some facts before we made a statement.
“First and foremost we absolutely do not condone nor do we support riots or the acts of violence that the rioters were involved in on January 6th at the U.S. Capitol building,” they continued.“We hope that all those involved that day are brought to justice to be investigated and answer for their actions.
“With broken hearts we are sending our love and compassion to everyone who has felt pain from the events on January 6th. We are deeply saddened and our hearts go out to the families of the lives lost that day. There are really no proper words to console. Just know we are with you in your shock, grief and pain. Much love to you all.”
CNN have shared new Capitol riot footage which shows a man resembling Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer charging and shouting at officers.
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