GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — At least six people from Michigan were arrested in Washington D.C. after a mob rushed the U.S. Capitol, forcing representatives and senators to flee.
According to DC police arrest information listed online, the six are Micah Femia, Shawn Floyd, Logan Grimes, John Parker, Matthew Staley and Ryan Williams.
Femia, Floyd, Parker, Staley and Williams were all charged with curfew violations; the mayor of DC issued that curfew in the wake of the riot.
Parker was also charged with unlawful entry and the arrest record lists the location as the Capitol.
Grimes was charged with carrying a pistol without a license, possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device and possession of unregistered ammunition. He was arrested several blocks away from the White House and even further from the Capitol.
Most, if not all, of the six men had been released from jail and were back in Michigan as of Thursday afternoon.
Grimes, 25, lives in Grand Rapids, his stepfather in Wyoming, Michigan, told News 8. He said he knew Grimes was headed to the protest, but didn’t know he owned any weapons.
“My wife said that Logan texted her, it was a day or two ago, and said that he was going out there with a friend,” Grimes’ stepfather Andrew Hanselman said. “He is not a quote-unquote Trumpster and that’s why I’m kind of surprised why he was out there.”
“It’s so disgusting when we have a president and commander in chief fomenting this anger and hatred for the past four years,” Hanselman added. “He (President Donald Trump) did incite this. He wanted them to go to the Capitol. And that’s not my opinion, that’s not Democrat opinions — that’s a fact. And I think for people to follow that, that’s disgusting.”
Online records show Femia, 36, says he is from Grand Rapids, though it doesn’t appear he still lives here. Family said Floyd, 44, is from Redford, near Detroit. Staley, 44, is believed to live in Garden City, near Dearborn. News 8 called him Thursday but he refused comment. Williams, 29, appears to now live in Richmond, Michigan, but he is from Detroit.
Fueled by President Donald Trump’s continued lies that the election was “stolen” from him massive crowd of supporters on Wednesday marched on the U.S. Capitol, where Congress was working to certify the Electoral College results in favor of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.
The mob ultimately breached the Capitol, prompting police to evacuate senators and representatives from the building. They smashed out windows and ransacked offices and milled about the House and Senate chambers.
The mob was eventually pushed back and Congress resumed its work, certifying the election in the early hours of Thursday.
The FBI is seeking information about rioters. The Associated Press reports that U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider out of Detroit, who handles federal cases in Michigan’s Eastern District, is urging anyone who knows anything to submit their tips to investigators. He said the feds will be looking at video and other evidence.
—News 8’s Heather Walker contributed to this report.