Two Washington men arrested for actions during Jan. 6 Capitol breach
TACOMA, Wash. — Two men from the state of Washington were arrested on Wednesday for their actions during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
The two men arrested were 40-year-old Richard Slaughter from Orting, and 20-year-old Caden Paul Gottfried. Gottfried is the stepson of Slaughter.
Gottfried was charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding law enforcement officers, interfering with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder and misdemeanor offenses. Slaughter was charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding law enforcement officers using a deadly or dangerous weapon, interfering with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder, and other felony and misdemeanor offenses.
Both were arrested in Tacoma, Washington. They are expected to make their initial appearance in the Western District of Washington on Wednesday.
According to court documents, Slaughter and Gottfried illegally entered the Capitol grounds and joined rioters in the area of the Lower West Terrace. The FBI says Slaughter used a long pole to attack officers at the front line of the tunnel leading to the Capitol building, and also handed chemical spray to another rioter in the crowd.
Court documents state Gottfried was among those in the mob at the tunnel, using his body weight to push against the line of officers. He was arrested and released at the scene.
This investigation is ongoing.
In the 21 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 880 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol.
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