Defendant Was Involved in Multiple Assaults Including Using a Heavy Plank on One Officer
WASHINGTON — A Maryland man pleaded guilty today to the felony charge of assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers using a dangerous weapon during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. 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 presidential election.
Jacob Michael Therres, 25, of Fallston, Maryland, was arrested on November 14, 2022. U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg scheduled a sentencing hearing for April 24, 2023.
According to court documents, on the afternoon of Jan. 6, 2021, Therres was involved in multiple assaults of law enforcement officers with dangerous weapons on the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol. At one point, Therres threw a long, heavy plank at a line of police officers, and it struck an officer in the head. The officer experienced immediate and lingering medical effects from the blow to the head. Therres also sprayed a chemical irritant towards a line of officers.
This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland.
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office and the FBI’s Washington Field Office, which identified Therres as #180 on its seeking information photos. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.
In the 24 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 950 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 284 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.
Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.
originally published at HUMAN RIGHTS - USA DAILY NEWS 24