(GoRealNewsNow.com) – A Hollywood actor has been arrested and hit with multiple charges for his alleged involvement in the January 6, 2021, events at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
54-year-old Jay Johnston, best known for roles in the T.V. shows Bob’s Burgers and Arrested Development, was detained on Wednesday, The Post Millennial reports.
Johnston was charged with several misdemeanors concerning the “goals” of the January 6 protest and a “felony obstruction of officers during civil disorder.”
“[The suspect was] among a crowd of rioters who confronted law enforcement officers at the West Plaza of the United States Capitol,” where he “pushed against police and aided other rioters near an entrance … known as ‘the tunnel,’” reads a 15-page court document about his arrest.
The US Justice Department attached to its statement of facts multiple screenshots from January 6 footage showing that Johnston was participating in the rally at the U.S. Capitol.
According to the prosecution, Johnston came to the West Plaza shortly after 2 pm on January 6, 2021, and reached “the tunnel” by 3:05 pm.
“[There he] made a series of hand gestures to the crowd, including clapping his hands, banging his closed fists together and pointing,” the DOJ document reads.
It adds that Johnston entered the U.S. Capitol, grabbed a police shield, held it over his head, pushed against officers with it, went back into the tunnel, then gave the shield to another protester and left.
Thus, the actor was charged with “knowingly enter[ing] or remain[ing] in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do.”
He was also charged with “knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engag[ing] in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions.”
Johnston’s participation in the January 6, 2021, events in Washington, DC, has been known for a long time.
The protest was three days before the 10th anniversary of Bob’s Burgers, where he voiced Jimmy Pesto Sr. Johnston was fired over his involvement in the January 6 protest.