FBI arrests 2 from Springfield, Mo. wanted in Capitol riot in January
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The FBI arrested two Springfield men wanted for the Capitol riot on January 6.
Agents say Michael Aaron Quick and Stephen Brian Quick surrendered to FBI agents. A judge issued a warrant for both of their arrests. Each face federal charges of being in restricted buildings or on grounds, unlawful activities on Capitol grounds, disorderly conduct and parading and demonstrating in the Capitol Building. The two men are brothers.
Thousands stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 as Congress was meeting to vote to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral win. Five people died in the mayhem. Law enforcement officials across the country have been working to locate and arrest suspects who they believe committed crimes during the riot.
A federal prosecutor charged another man from Rogersville three weeks ago. Defense attorney Dee Wampler is representing all three men in court.
“These three gentlemen are not particularly political. They really regard themselves as patriots,” Wampler said.
Wampler said his clients, the Quick brothers and Zachary Martin, are facing non-violent charges for being inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.
“If you’re going to be charged with something in federal court, you want to be charged with a misdemeanor,” Wampler said.
According to court documents, the Quick brothers voluntarily interviewed with FBI agents. They both admitted to going inside the Capitol building during the riot. Both men told authorities they went to Washington D.C. for the “Stop the Steal” rally.
Michael Quick told agents he wanted Congress to investigate irregularities in the election and do something about it. Documents state he got into the building through an already opened window. Michael told investigators he did not know he was trespassing.
“Police were standing there, basically not stopping them and inviting them in,” Wampler said.
Stephen Quick told investigators the mood of the crowd changed as it got closer to the capitol building. He told authorities said he was ashamed of what he had done by going inside.
Wampler said the brothers were only in the Capitol for five to 15 minutes.
“They are not charged with hurting anybody, touching anything, destroying any property or doing anything at all,” he said.
Wampler said the evidence in the case will mostly come from the men’s own pictures, videos and Facebook posts. He said all three are facing crimes that could carry up to a year in prison along with fines.
“So the government will be spending millions and millions of dollars, basically, and reassigning other cases, violent cases, drugs, sex, pornography,” Wampler said. “Those cases will now be pushed out of the way because all of these cases are going to be prosecuted. If that’s the wish and desire of the federal government, well that’s what’s going to happen.”
Wampler said the cases have all been transferred to the Washington D.C. district. He said Michael and Stephen Quick are both set to appear in federal court through video conferencing on Feb. 19.
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