A serving officer in the United States Marine Corps was arrested this Thursday after allegedly participating in the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
Christopher Warnagiris, over 40 and serving at Quantico Marine Corps Base in Virginia, was arrested for entering the building and urging a police officer to keep the door open and allow other rioters to enter, CBS reports.
As the prosecutor has indicated, the active officer was the first in a group to break through the police line protecting the doors of the Capitol’s east rotunda. They also pointed out that Warnagiris pushed other people into the headquarters.
Wargnagiris, the first active member indicted in the assault investigation, joins a list of 44 people charged with participating in the insurrection and serving in the US Army.
The man now incarcerated is facing federal charges, including assaulting the official trial for which he could be sentenced to a 20-year prison term, resisting and obstructing, and obstructing the application of the law during a civil disturbance.
For its part, the Marine Corps has announced that it will support the authorities in their investigations and prohibit “negative behavior” such as “certain dissidents and protests” through a revised corps policy.
On the other hand, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby has not yet indicated whether Warnagiris could face sanctions under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The Pentagon previously condemned extremism within its ranks.
The attack on the Capitol, killing five people, came on the day the United States Congress held a joint session to confirm Joe Biden’s victory in the November 3 presidential election. Former President Donald Trump repeatedly rejected the election result, stating that “fraud” had taken place without providing any evidence.