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James City County man arrested in connection to Jan. 6 Capitol Riots

Image of Paul Russell Johnson, a resident of James City County, at the Capitol Riots on Jan. 6. (WYDaily/Courtesy of PACER)

JAMES CITY COUNTY — Another James City County man was arrested by agents from the FBI Norfolk Field Office on April 13 in connection to the Jan. 6 Capitol Riots.

Paul Russell Johnson, 35, was charged with inflicting bodily injury on certain officers, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, obstruction of justice and Congress, engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds and acts of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings.

According to a news release from the Department of Justice  on April 14, agents arrested Johnson at his Lenexa home on Tuesday. Johnson was also on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for “capitol violence.”

Johnson is currently being held at Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover, VA without bond.

According to court documents filed by U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Johnson was caught on video allegedly attacking a U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officer. In the video, Johnson can be seen holding a megaphone and yelling profanities at police.

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The court documents also state that Johnson allegedly became confrontational with USCP officers as he approached a second line of barricades.

“He can be seen forcibly pushing and pulling on the metal barricades which caused a USCP officer to fall and hit her head on the stairs before losing consciousness. Hours later, the officer blacked out and collapsed while arresting a rioter and had to be transported to the emergency room where she was assessed to have suffered a concussion,” the news release stated.

Later in the evening of Jan. 6, a YouTube user posted a video in which Johnson described the events that took place outside the Capitol earlier that day.

Throughout the video, Johnson described the number of barricades, how he and others fought with officers, and his role in breaching the second wing.

Johnson describing the Capitol Riots in a YouTube video posted later in the evening on Jan. 6. (WYDaily/Courtesy of PACER)

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section are prosecuting the case with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, along with the U.S. Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Department are all investigating the case. The release cites FBI Norfolk Field Office as a significant assistant in the case.

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