DOJ charges first Capitol rioters suspected of attacking media

The Department of Justice charged its first Capitol rioter suspected of attacking the media on Jan. 6.

Shane Jason Woods is being accused of attacking a Capitol police officer and a member of the media, a criminal complaint released Thursday showed.

He is facing eight federal charges, including assault in special maritime and territorial jurisdiction, assault on a law enforcement officer and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds.


Woods allegedly ran up to a Capitol police officer who was just sprayed with bear repellant and tripped and pushed the officer to the ground, according to the complaint.

“The manner of attack on the cameraman was very similar to the attack on USCP Officer,” the complaint says.

The complaint alleges Woods ran up to a cameraman and tackled him to the ground in the media staging area. Woods left after the confrontation.

“We have now crossed the threshold of 500 arrests, including the 100th arrest of a defendant on charges of assaulting a federal law enforcement officer. This morning, we arrested our first defendant on charges that include assaulting a member of the news media,” Attorney General Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandHas Trump beaten the system? Biden administration moves to withdraw death penalty requests in seven cases Federal gun trafficking strike forces launched in five cities MORE said Thursday.

“I could not be more proud of the extraordinary effort by investigators and prosecutors to hold accountable those who engaged in criminal acts that day,” Garland added.

Authorities are still investigating the violent riot on Jan. 6 that attempted to stop Congress from certifying the electoral votes for President BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden For families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football MORE. The riot left multiple people dead and significant damage to the Capitol.