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Kosciusko man arrested for alleged role in January 6 Capitol riot

Donald Walker is accused of partaking in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol (Photo from the U.S. Attorney's Office)

A Kosciusko man has been taken into custody by law enforcement for his alleged role in the breach of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021.

Agents with the FBI took Donald Walker, 48, into custody on Monday. Walker is accused of approaching the police line and bike rack barricades established on the West Plaza of Capitol grounds. He was spotted on Metropolitan Police Department body-worn camera footage locking his arm through a bike rack barricade and pulling it toward him as officers attempted to defend the police line and gain control of the barricade.

Police then dispersed a chemical irritant at Walker, and he was seen retreating from the police line for a brief period. Not learning his lesson, Walker then allegedly re-approached the police line and grabbed the bike rack barricade, attempting to wrestle it away from a police officer. Walker was once again sprayed with a chemical irritant by police, causing him to retreat.

Court documents show that Walker later entered the Capitol building via the Parliamentarian Door at approximately 2:54 p.m.

Walker is charged in a criminal complaint filed in the District of Columbia with a felony offense of obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder and misdemeanor offenses of entering and remaining and disorderly conduct in a restricted building or grounds and parading, picking, and demonstrating and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building.

His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the 2020 presidential election. Protestors were voicing their opposition to the results of the election, claiming that the presidency had been stolen from Trump and given to Joe Biden.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section are prosecuting this case. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi provided valuable assistance.

The FBI’s Jackson and Washington Field Offices are investigating this case. The U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department provided valuable assistance.

In the 38 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 1,358 individuals have been charged in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 486 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement, a felony. The investigation remains ongoing

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