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Canton Man Latest Ohioan Arrested In January Attack On U.S. Capitol

Canton Repository via FBI filing

A Stark County man has been arrested in connection with the violent January riots at the U.S. Capitol.

John Douglas Wright was taken into custody Monday morning on numerous federal charges. According to a 15-page criminal complaint, Wright was identified by four witnesses as well as videos posted to his social media accounts.

He initially denied being involved in the insurrection, but was reportedly caught on security footage inside of the building. Wright allegedly told several friends on social media he intended to return to the Capitol for a second attack.

Wright's next court hearing is scheduled for Thursday, May 5th.

More than 400 supporters of former President Donald Trump have been charged in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, including members of far-right extremist groups. At least 18 of those cases, including Wright, were against Ohio residents identified by the FBI through social media posts and surveillance footage.

Federal prosecutors allege at least four Ohioans charged with the breach had links to the anti-government militia group the Oath Keepers. In most cases defendants are charged with entering the Capitol illegally and engaging in violent and destructive conduct while there. Some defendants remain behind bars, while others are free pending upcoming hearings.


A native of Chicago, naturalized citizen of Cincinnati and resident of Columbus, Alison attended Earlham College and the Ohio State University. She has equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.
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