Madison man arrested on charges related to January U.S. Capitol riot

Capitol Siege

MADISON, Ala. – The FBI said a Madison man has been arrested in a north Alabama city for charges connected to the January Capitol riot.

FBI spokesman Paul Daymond said Dillon Herrington was arrested on Gilbert Lane in Madison Tuesday morning.

Herrington is charged with knowingly entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct in a restricted building, engaging in an act of physical violence against a person or property, engaging in an act of physical violence in the Capitol building, impeding law enforcement and forcibly assaulting, intimidating or interfering.

According to the criminal complaint against him, Herrington was captured twice on surveillance footage trying to strike law enforcement officers. In one incident, investigators said he used a wooden 4-inch by 4-inch piece of lumber; in the other, they said Herrington threw a metal barricade. No officers were hit in either incident, authorities said.

Capitol riot suspect Daniel Herrington of Madison arrested
Investigators said DC police detained a man later identified as Dillon Herrington before taking his contact information and releasing him. (Photo via US Department of Justice)

District of Columbia police detained Herrington the day of the riot after spotting a knife in his back pocket, according to the complaint. Unaware of his other actions, police took his personal information before releasing him, investigators said.

Herrington is not believed to have entered the Capitol building itself, the complaint states.

Herrington was identified by someone who recognized him from a series of photos the FBI posted online with the hashtag #MagaLumberjack.

Daniel Herrington was identified by an acquaintance as the man the FBI posted online with the hashtag #MagaLumberjack
Dillon Herrington was identified by an acquaintance as the man the FBI posted online with the hashtag #MagaLumberjack (Photo via US Department of Justice)

Herrington was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond and has a virtual court appearance scheduled for Friday.

The riot, which left 5 dead, interrupted the joint session of Congress that was certifying the 2020 general election results.

Arrests in Alabama continue to mount for charges connected to the Jan. 6 Capitol breach. On Friday, a California woman was arrested in Huntsville on charges that she unlawfully entered the Capitol. An Ohio man also was arrested last week in Huntsville. The FBI did not provide any information on either arrest.

Two north Alabama residents are facing charges connected to the Capitol riot. Lonnie Coffman of Falkville is in jail after investigators said they found his truck full of weapons and homemade bombs while he was in Washington.

Joshua James of Arab is out of jail while awaiting his trial on charges of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding and unlawfully entering a restricted area.

In addition to Herrington, nine other people have been arrested in Alabama on charges connected to the Jan. 6 riot.

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