Editor’s Note: The following story, quoting extensively from public documents, includes references to offensive racial stereotypes, descriptions of violent acts and some obscene language.
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The number of New Jerseyans charged in the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol reached 15 last week, as the FBI continues what’s believed to be its largest and most complex criminal investigation ever.
The list of New Jersey defendants includes Julian Elie Khater and George Pierre Tanios, who were indicted for assaulting U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, spraying him with toxic chemical bear repellant. Sicknick died the day after the attack. The two defendants are friends who grew up together in New Brunswick, just a few miles from Sicknick’s hometown of East Brunswick.
A medical examiner has not yet determined how Sicknick died. But “if evidence directly relates that chemical to his death … that’s a murder case,” Michael Sherwin, the federal prosecutor who led the Justice Department’s inquiry into the riot before moving to a new assignment, told CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday.
More than 400 people from more than 40 states have been charged thus far in the Jan. 6 insurrection, and federal authorities are considering sedition charges against some key actors, including members of the far-right extremist groups, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.
The Southern Poverty Law Center says at least 16 hate groups are active in New Jersey; it detailed their presence in a report earlier this year. Those include some of the white supremacist groups that were seen at the Capitol, including the Proud Boys, Patriotic Front and the Sons of Liberty (NJ), which unfurled its flag for the first time at the assault on the Capitol.
One of the New Jersey defendants is Roberto Minuta, a member of the Oath Keepers from Hackettstown, who recently moved to Dallas. He also served as a bodyguard for Trump ally Roger Stone the day before the Capitol riot.
Timothy Louis Hale-Cusanelli is another New Jersey defendant, who has received heightened attention after his arrest. Hale-Cusanelli, according to his social media profile and to federal charging documents, is a strident white supremacist from Monmouth County, who sports a Hitler-like moustache and until recently had “Secret” security clearance and access to munitions with his security job at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Colts Neck. He is also a U.S. Army reservist.
U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden ruled Tuesday that Hale-Cusanelli should remain incarcerated until his trial. “I’m very concerned about the statements made after Jan. 6 suggesting that the defendant is looking forward to a civil war” and “his statement to a confidential source suggesting that the tree of liberty be watered with the blood of patriots.” McFadden said.
A lengthy motion filed March 12 by Assistant U.S. Attorney James B. Nelson includes a summary of 44 interviews federal investigators conducted with Hale-Cusanelli’s co-workers at Naval Station Earle.
One Navy seaman told federal investigators he heard Hale-Cusanelli say, “Babies born with any deformities or disabilities should be shot in the forehead,” and that if he were a Nazi, “he would kill all the Jews and eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and he wouldn’t need to season them because the salt from their tears would make it flavorful enough,” according to the motion filed by Nelson.
Nelson also noted, “After returning home from storming the capitol, defendant told a friend that he ‘couldn’t describe how exhilarating it was’ to participate in the protest. When asked how he would ‘recreate’ that sensation, defendant replied: ‘War. Civil war.’”
An order to release Hale-Cusanelli by a U.S. magistrate judge in New Jersey in January was delayed by Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell, from the District of D.C. until Judge McFadden could revisit the issue Tuesday.
“What happened on that day at the U.S. Capitol is criminal activity that is destined to go down in the history books of this country, of hundreds of Americans using force and violence against their own government to disrupt what we have been most proud of: A peaceful and Democratic transition of power,” Judge Howell wrote.
Here are the 15 people from New Jersey so far charged in the Jan. 6 attack:
Timothy Louis Hale-Cusanelli (Colts Neck) “Trust the plan, it’s the final countdown…”
Arrested Jan. 17; indicted Jan. 29; charges: Civil disorder, aiding and abetting; obstruction of an official proceeding; entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; impeding ingress and egress in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building
From FBI affidavit: “On January 12, 2021, I received information from a Confidential Human Source … (who) reported to me that HALE-CUSANELLI is an avowed white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer who posts video opinion statements on YouTube proffering extreme political opinions and viewpoints under the title the “Based Hermes Show.” HALE-CUSANELLI also posts similar content in other forums. Prior to traveling to the rally and protest on January 6, 2021, HALE-CUSANELLI wrote ‘Trust the plan, it’s the final countdown, stay tuned next episode … HALE-CUSANELLI told the CHS that if they’d had more men they could have taken over the entire building.”
Why U.S. attorney opposed releasing Hale-Cusanelli from custody
A motion, filed on March 12 by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, opposed Hale-Cusanelli’s conditional release, stating “One Navy Seaman recalled Defendant saying ‘babies born with any deformities or disabilities should be shot in the forehead.’ That Seaman also recalled Defendant saying that if he was a Nazi ‘he would kill all the Jews and eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and he wouldn’t need to season them because the salt from their tears would make it flavorful enough.’”
“A Navy Petty Officer stated that Defendant talked constantly about Jewish people and remembered Defendant saying ‘Hitler should have finished the job.’”
“Defendant further contends that he should not be detained because he was merely ‘following the entreaties of then commander in chief, President Trump[,]’”
“Defendant told CHS (confidential human source) that he couldn’t describe how exhilarating January 6 was, due to ‘the adrenaline, the rush, the purpose’ that he felt. Defendant stated that the closest comparison to what he experienced would be ‘civil war,’ and stated that if there had been more rioters they could have taken the entire Capitol building and held it.”
“Defendant replied ‘Thomas Jefferson said the tree of liberty should be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants.’”
Defendant admitted to encouraging others to ‘advance’ past law enforcement officers into the Capitol building, and further admitted to using voice and hand signals to direct their movements. Rioters did advance and assemble at the base of these stairs before beginning to push in unison to breach the officers’ line. After approximately thirty seconds of pushing and shoving, the rioters were able to breach the police line and advance up the stairs.”
Julian Elie Khater (State College, PA; grew up in New Brunswick)
George Pierre Tanios (Morgantown, WV; grew up in New Brunswick)
“Give me that bear s—. They just f—— sprayed me.”
Arrested March 15; charges: Assault on federal officer with dangerous weapon; conspiracy to injure an officer; civil disorder and obstructing or impeding any official proceeding; physical violence on restricted grounds, while carrying dangerous weapon, and resulting in significant bodily injury; violent entry and disorderly conduct, act of physical violence on Capitol grounds.
From FBI affidavit: “In reviewing surveillance footage of this incident, your affiant observed the defendants, JULIAN ELIE KHATER and GEORGE PIERRE TANIOS, working together to assault law enforcement officers with an unknown chemical substance by spraying officers directly in the face and eyes.”
“On the video, KHATER is seen making his way towards TANIOS. KHATER then states, ‘Give me that bear shit,’ and reaches into the backpack on TANIOS’ back. TANIOS then states, ‘Hold on, hold on, not yet, not yet… its still early.’ KHATER is then seen emphatically telling TANIOS, ‘They just f—— sprayed me,’ and KHATER is seen holding a white can with a black top that appears to be a can of chemical spray.”
“KHATER is standing directly across from a line of law enforcement officers to include U.S. Capitol Police (“USCP”) Officers B. Sicknick and C. Edwards, and Metropolitan Police Department (“MPD”) Officer D. Chapman, who was equipped with a functioning body worn camera (“BWC”) device.”
“KHATER is observed with his right arm up high in the air, appearing to be holding a canister in his right hand and aiming it in the officers’ direction while moving his right arm from side to side. Officer Chapman’s BWC confirms that KHATER was standing only five to eight feet away from the officers.”
“Officers Sicknick, Edwards and Chapman, who are standing within a few feet of KHATER, all react, one by one, to something striking them in the face. The officers immediately retreat from the line, bring their hands to their faces and rush to find water to wash out their eyes.”
“KHATER is again observed raising his arm and continues to spray in the direction of law enforcement officers. MPD Lt. Bagshaw notices these actions and approaches KHATER. At 2:23 p.m., Lt. Bagshaw then sprays KHATER.”
Officers Sicknick, Edwards, and Chapman suffered injuries as a result of being sprayed in the face with an unknown substance by KHATER … All three officers were incapacitated and unable to perform their duties for at least 20 minutes or longer while they recovered from the spray. Officer Edwards reported lasting injuries underneath her eyes, including scabbing that remained on her face for weeks. Officers Edwards and Chapman also described the spray to their face as a substance as strong as, if not stronger than, any version of pepper spray they had been exposed to during their training as law enforcement officers.”
Roberto Minuta (Hackettstown) “All that’s left is the Second Amendment!”
Arrested Jan. 1; charges: Obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting; restricted building or grounds; tampering with documents or proceedings
From FBI affidavit: “Minuta was in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021, equipped with military-style attire and gear, including apparel emblazoned with a crest related to the Oath Keepers Militia. Later, Minuta and others affiliated with the Oath Keepers breached the U.S. Capitol grounds, where Minuta aggressively berated and taunted U.S. Capitol police officers responsible for protecting the Capitol and the representatives inside of the Capitol. Minuta then attacked the U.S. Capitol and obstructed Congressional proceedings with other attackers. … The week after he attacked the Capitol and after much media reporting on law enforcement’s investigation to bring the Capitol rioters to justice, Minuta deleted his Facebook account of over thirteen years. “
“The Oath Keepers are a large but loosely organized collection of individuals, some of whom are associated with militias. Some members of the Oath Keepers believe that the federal government has been coopted by a cabal of elites actively trying to strip American citizens of their rights. … The organization’s name alludes to the oath sworn by members of the military and police to defend the Constitution ‘from all enemies, foreign and domestic.‘ The Oath Keepers are led by Person One.”
“On January 4, 2021, Person One posted an article to the Oath Keepers website encouraging Oath Keeper members and affiliates to go to Washington, D.C., for the events of January 5-6, 2021, stating: ‘It is CRITICAL that all patriots who can be in DC get to DC to stand tall in support of President Trump’s fight to defeat the enemies foreign and domestic who are attempting a coup, through the massive vote fraud and related attacks on our Republic. We Oath Keepers are both honor-bound and eager to be there in strength to do our part.’”
“During the week of May 24, 2020, for example, Minuta participated in a video interview during which he made public statements about a Newburgh, New York, tattoo shop he owns, and his plans to open that shop in defiance of state executive orders related to the Covid-19 pandemic … Person One also joined the interview and commended Minuta for his planned unlawful actions in New York. Referring to Minuta, Person One said, ‘I’m going to designate him as a lifetime Oath Keeper.’”
“Minuta yells at an officer, among other things, ‘All that’s left is the Second Amendment!’ while holding up two fingers.”
Stephanie Hazelton, aka Ayla Wolf, (Medford)
“We need more men, we need more men, keep going, keep pushing, men, we need men, not women.”
Charged Jan. 21; indicted Jan. 27; charges: Obstruction of an official proceeding; civil disorder; aiding and abetting; entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; impeding passage through the Capitol grounds or buildings
From FBI affidavit: “HAZELTON yells out to the crowd of rioters, ‘We need more men,’ while simultaneously waving other rioters towards the tunnel. She then repeats that instruction to the crowd several times. At approximately 1:07:31 of the video, HAZELTON says to an unknown person, ‘I got to go back in.’ …At approximately 1:07:51 of the video, HAZELTON tells the crowd, ‘We need more men, we need more men, keep going, keep pushing, men, we need men, not women.’ At approximately 1:09:31 of the video, HAZELTON tells the crowd, ‘We need more helmets, more helmets.’ Consistent with those instructions, rioters continue to stream into the tunnel.”
“Major Giannone has advised me that in or about April 2020, he had direct interactions with HAZELTON (aka Ayla Wolf/Wolfe) during several protests on Statehouse grounds in Trenton, New Jersey. As a result of HAZELTON’s actions, she was charged by the New Jersey State Police for Executive Order violations that had been put in place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
James Douglas Rahm (Atlantic City) “Give Pelosi a kiss. … P—– in her office.”
Charges filed Feb. 4: Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; knowingly and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of government business or official functions; obstruction of justice/Congress; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds
From FBI affidavit: “Individual 1 was able to take a screenshot of one Facebook post in which another Facebook user asked JAMES DOUGLAS RAHM ‘Doug are you okay? Are you safe?’ JAMES DOUGLAS RAHM responded ‘…riot shields and pepper spray never hurt anyone did they? Home alive. History made. I walked through Pelosi’s office I should have s— on her chair. [followed by 3 laughing emojis].’”
“In this video, the captioned individual said the following: ‘We’re in. We’re taking our f—— house back. We’re here. Time to find some brass and kick some fr—— ass.’”
“In another tip received by FBI on January 11, 2021, an individual, hereinafter Individual 2, said the following: ‘Doug Rahm posted photos and videos of him on Facebook breaking into the capitol building on January 6th. He has since taken down most of the posts, however, I was able to get the one video he posted in a comment on Facebook of him inside. He also replied, P—– in her office (referring to Nancy Pelosi) when someone commented on his post Get back inside. Give Pelosi a kiss.’”
“In another Facebook post provided by Individual 2, another Facebook user asked in response to a photo of JAMES DOUGLAS RAHM with swollen eyes titled “Pepper Spray,” ‘were you there Doug?’ JAMES DOUGLAS RAHM responded ‘yes do not believe the media there were no anarchist no antifa just patriots trying to take our country back. Yes I was there the pepper spray is just wearing off…’”
“Individual 3 provided a Facebook post made by JAMES DOUGLAS RAHM. In this post (which seems to have been taken prior to JAMES DOUGLAS RAHM entering the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021), JAMES DOUGLAS RAHM said, ‘They’re in there counting the electoral votes we have the building surrounded we’re ready to make a breach and take our Capitol back.’”
Rasha Abual-Ragheb (Fairfield) “I was part of history. We the people won’t take it anymore.”
Arrested Jan. 19; indicted Feb. 4; charges: Entering and remaining in a restricted building; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building; violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building
From FBI affidavit: “In November 2020, a Facebook account with display name Rasha Abu participated in Facebook and Telegram group chats involving the New Jersey chapter of the American Patriot 3%. In the Facebook chat, user Rasha Abu advised the revolution will start not by standing by but by standing up. In addition, she advised civil war is coming and they need to show support, and rise up and fight for our Constitution.”
“During the interview, she advised she was a Trump supporter, attended Trump rallies, and was blocked from making posts on Facebook and Twitter for pro-Trump postings. Additionally, Rasha Abual-Ragheb advised she was born in Lebanon and fled to Jordan when she was a child due to the civil war there. She further advised that she has lived in the United States for 21 years.”
“In another Facebook post …Rasha Abual-Ragheb posted the following: ‘Just left Dc… I got tear gas, paper spray!!! But I was part of the history. We the people won’t take it anymore…’”
Thomas Baranyi (Ewing) “They shot her in the neck, and she fell back on me.”
Arrested Jan. 12; indicted Feb. 2; charges: Entering and remaining in a restricted building; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; parading, demonstrating, and picketing in a Capitol building
From FBI affidavit: “Baranyi began by showing the reporter blood on his hand. …When asked how he got blood on his hand, Baranyi explained that ‘[w]e had stormed into the chambers inside and there was a young lady [Ashli Babbitt] who rushed through the windows. A number of police and Secret Service were saying get down, get out of the way. She didn’t heed the call and as we kind of raced up to try to grab people and pull them back, they shot her in the neck, and she fell back on me.’”
“‘We tore through the scaffolding, through flash bangs and tear gas, and blitzed our way in through all the chambers just trying to get into Congress or whoever we could get in to and tell them that we need some kind of investigation into this.’”
“Baranyi later stated, ‘It was a joke to them until we got inside and then guns came out, but we’re at a point now, it can’t be allowed to stand. We have to do something. People have to do something.’ BARANYI then held up his bloody hand again and stated, ‘because this could be you or your kids … It could have been me, but she went in first. It was one of us.’”
Scott Fairlamb (Butler) “What do Patriots do? We f——’ disarm them and then we storm f—— the Capitol.”
Arrested Jan 12: indicted Feb. 12; charges: Civil disorder; obstruction of an official proceeding; assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers; entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; impeding ingress and egress in a restricted building or grounds; engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; impeding passage through the Capitol grounds or buildings; act of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings; parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building;
From FBI affidavit: “A concerned citizen (C-1) submitted a video to the FBI … which captured a white male in a brown camouflage jacket, later identified as Scott Kevin Fairlamb . Shove and punch Officer 1 the West Front of the Capitol.”
“A second concerned citizen (C-2) submitted a video to the FBI, which was a Facebook post from Fairlamb’s account. In the video, Fairlamb is carrying a collapsible baton and says: ‘What do Patriots do? We f—— disarm them and then we storm f—— the Capitol.’ … C-2 stated Fairlamb recently deleted the videos he took entering and inside the Capitol.”
Patrick Alonzo Stedman (Haddonfield)
“This is The Storm. We’ve been waiting for this. … Trump told us today, “this is not the end. It’s the beginning.”
Arrested Jan. 21; charges: Unlawful entry of a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds
From FBI affidavit: “In a video posted to STEDMAN’s account on Twitter titled ‘COVID / CABAL – PATRIOT’S DAY’ on January 6 2021, STEDMAN appeared on video and discussed the details of his presence inside the U.S. Capitol, including sitting in Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s office.”
“PATRICK A. STEDMAN is a 32-year-old resident of Haddonfield … self identifies as a dating and relationship strategist on his Twitter page … a frequent Twitter user and as of January 10, 2021 had 25.6K followers.”
“January 6, 2021 where he discussed his participation in the riots: Witness 2 claimed STEDMAN had been ‘encouraging his tens of thousands of fans to join him in DC for weeks.’”
“Witness 2 believed STEDMAN resides with his parents.”
Marissa A. Suarez (Manalapan)
“The smoke alarms were going off bc everyone was smoking pot and then people started drinking.”
Arrested Jan. 21; indicted March 11; charges: Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; violent entry and disorderly and disruptive conduct on Capitol grounds
From FBI affidavit: “SUAREZ can be heard saying ‘oh Trish, oh s—, oh s—, yo, this is what they f—— wanted, this is what they f—— wanted, this is what they get.’”
“In another video, also filmed outside the Capitol building, SUAREZ can be heard yelling ‘Stop the Steal!’ along with other people in the crowd. Members of the crowd can be seen in the video pushing their way into the Capitol building.”
“As SUAREZ and TODISCO made their way through the Capitol building and into the Senate Wing door entrance, the video showed a crowd standing around a pile of overturned furniture, chanting ‘U-S-A’ and taunting the police … Suarez can be heard yelling ‘Our house!’”
“Text messages sent from SUAREZ’S phone the following day, January 7, 2021, shed further light on the activities of SUAREZ and TODISCO during the attack on the Capitol. For example, SUAREZ wrote the following:
- ‘When we found out pence f—– us, we all stormed the Capitol building and everyone forced entry and started breaking s—… it was a like a scene out of a movie.’ (9:57 a.m.)
- ‘S— was crazy inside… everything was broken. People were flipping out.’ (10:07 a.m.)
- ‘The smoke alarms were going off bc everyone was smoking pot and then people started drinking.’ (10:07 a.m.) …
- ‘Then the cops showed up for riot control and that’s when it got f—–.’”
Elias Irizarry (Montclair)
Arrested March 16; charges: Knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority; knowingly engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct in any restricted buildings; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds
Elias Irizarry is a graduate of Montclair High School, and the son of Vincent Irizarry, a longtime soap opera star, NorthJersey.com reported. Several news organizations in South Carolina reported Irizarry is a student at The Citadel, a military university in Charleston.
A Federal Bureau of Investigation agent filed a criminal case against 19-year-old Irizarry, which was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather on March 12, 2021.
Irizarry said nothing when he appeared at the federal courthouse in Columbia, South Carolina on March 16, 2021. After the hearing, he was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond.
Hector Vargas (Jersey City) “We took over this f—— capitol, tell them.”
Charges: Entering and remaining in a restricted building; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building; violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
From FBI affidavit: “T-1 advised that VARGAS is well-known in their community because in May 2020 he was featured in the Jersey City Times as an ‘Unsung Hero’ for his community work. Shortly thereafter, in July 2020, other news outlets reported that VARGAS was allegedly stealing donations meant for members of the community.”
“T-1 saw a photo VARGAS posted to his own Facebook page. In it, VARGAS is tagged ‘at United States Capitol,’ and the photo is captioned ‘WE THE PEOPLE TOOK OVER THE U.S. CAPITOL. #HOLDTHELINE’ … ‘Guys we’re INSIDE the chamber. #Trump 2020.’”
“VARGAS speaks directly into the camera, stating, ‘we took over this m———– … we took over this f—— capitol, tell them.’”
Leonard Guthrie Jr. (Lower Township, Cape May)
“We just wanted to be heard … I doubt I’ll ever do anything like that again.”
Arrested Jan. 6; charge: unlawful entry
Guthrie, of Lower Township, told NBC Philadelphia he was not among those inside the building. “I crossed a police line. I disobeyed a law,” Guthrie said. U.S. Capitol Police noted his arrest and charging.
Ezekiel Stecher (Sewell)
Arrested March 9; charges: civil disorder; assault on a federal officer; knowingly entering or remaining in a physical violence against any person or property in any restricted building or grounds; violent entry or disorderly conduct, obstruct, or impede passage, and engage in physical violence on Capitol grounds; obstruction of justice/Congress
From FBI affidavit: “At approximately 5:21, Stecher is observed inside the open doors of the U.S. Capitol building in front of the MPD riot line.”
“On the video, the man is asked, ‘What is your name? Where are you from?’ The man in the ‘Growmark FS’ hat responded, ‘Zeke Stecher from New Jersey.’”