Two Orting men were arrested in Tacoma on Wednesday in connection with an FBI investigation into their alleged role in the January 2021 riots at the Capitol, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
Among the charges, federal prosecutors say video footage shows 40-year-old Richard Slaughter attacking Capitol police with a pole, and his 20-year-old stepson, Kaden Paul Gottfried, joining the crowd that pushed the line of officers, according to a news release. The men face both felony and disorderly conduct charges, including assault, resisting or obstructing a law enforcement officer.
Slaughter and Gottfried initially came to the FBI’s attention after a Jan. 7 incident on a flight from Washington, D.C., to Seattle involving a mask mismatch and a protest against the results of the 2020 election, according to court documents released in a news release.
Slaughter admitted to being at the Capitol during an FBI interview in February 2021, but denied committing any crimes, according to court documents.
According to court documents, a confidential informant identified Slaughter in videos of the April 2021 attack and shared links to Slaughter’s wife’s Facebook page with images of her husband at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Cell phone data also placed both men at the Capitol that day.
“This is a last resort, it was statistically impossible to lose this election, and there’s just, um, a disgusting amount of fraud, and it’s not heard or seen, and we don’t really have anything,” Slaughter said on video from the Capitol. , according to court documents. “We are not leaving. We remain united. And we are taking back our country.”
The incidents at the Capitol occurred after Slaughter and Gottfried entered the Capitol grounds and headed toward the tunnel leading to the Capitol building with other alleged rioters, according to the news release.
Around 3:30 p.m., Slaughter reportedly held a police shield away from the officers and ordered law enforcement to “stand back,” according to court documents.
At about 4 p.m., both men were at the front of the tunnel, according to court documents. It was there that Slaughter allegedly wielded a long pole while Gottfried pushed his back away from the officers and the crowd.
According to court documents, police dragged Gottfried into the tunnel and detained him before eventually releasing him.
The video also showed Slaughter handing what appeared to be a chemical spray to someone in the crowd, according to court documents.
Slaughter and Gottfried are expected to appear in the Western District of Washington on Wednesday, according to a news release.
Prosecutors filed charges in federal court in Washington on September 30, but those records were unsealed on Wednesday.
Police have arrested more than 880 people from nearly every state in connection with the attack on the Capitol, according to a press release. More than 270 of them were charged with assault or obstructing law enforcement.
A state court database shows no prior crimes for Slaughter or Gottfried.
This story was originally published October 12, 2022 at 5:14 p.m.