FBI agents arrest Springfield, Mo. man wanted for involvement in Capitol riots
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - FBI agents arrested a Springfield, Mo. man wanted for his involvement in the riots on the Capitol on January 6.
Agents took Zachary John Wilson into custody without incident Friday morning. He faces a federal charge of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building.
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.
According to a criminal complaint, an anonymous tipster informed the FBI that Wilson had posted on his Facebook account saying he had entered the Capitol.
The tipster provided a screenshot, in which Wilson appears to comment on a post asking if he went inside with “first ones in !! !! First thing we found was Pelosi’s office.”
FBI officials checked for the post, but the post had been taken down and Wilson’s account had been deactivated at an unknown date.
According to the complaint, Wilson admitted to entering the Capitol during a Jan. 20 interview. The FBI says Wilson recorded an 18-second video Pelosi’s office. During an interview, Wilson stated he entered capitol because he wanted his “voice to be heard,” but added he did not destroy property.
On January 23, the FBI received a DVD from Capitol Police showing Wilson walking down a hallway. Authorities say he was wearing a red jacket with surgical mask and blue beanie that read “Trump.”
At least four people in the Springfield metropolitan area have been arrested in connection to the Capitol riot.
Agents say Springfield brothers Michael Quick and Stephen Quick surrendered to FBI agents in early February after a warrant was issued for their arrests. Zachary Martin of Rogersville was also arrested in connection to the riot in late-January.
Springfield attorney Dee Wampler represents Martin and the Quick brothers. Wampler said some of those that participated in the riot have something in common.
“Many of these individuals were not particularly political,” Wampler said. “If you ask them are you a Republican or Democrat, they say I’m a patriot.”
Wampler said it is that word alone that inspired many to go to the Capitol.
“They got the call from the president that if you were a patriot, to come to Washington D.C. and they felt this was their duty to do so,” he said.
While Wampler is not representing Wilson, he said many people arrested and charged feel they did not do anything wrong.
”They took selfies with certain distinguishable things in the background like paintings,” he said. “They didn’t really think they were doing anything unlawful necessarily.”
In fact Wampler said several participants almost felt “welcomed.”
“There were security guards in there that say welcome. Come on in. This is the people’s house,” he said.
Wampler said his clients in particular “didn’t touch a thing, didn’t steal a thing , didn’t push or shove a police officer and they were not disrespectful.”
He said all three of his clients are facing crimes that could carry up to a year in prison along with fines. The quick brothers had an arraignment hearing on Friday.
“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.”
Law enforcement officials across the country have been working to locate and arrest additional suspects they believe committed crimes during the riot.
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