State College Man Arrested In January Assault Of Capitol Police Officer

State College Man Arrested In January Assault Of Capitol Police Officer

Authorities charged two men with assaulting U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick with bear spray during the Capitol riot on January 6, but still did not disclose the reason or official cause of death for the law enforcement officer's passing.

The federal department said the video then depicts Khater retrieving a canister from Tanios' backpack and walking through the crowd to within a few steps of the police perimeter. Authorities still have not yet fully answered that question, but they have fingered two of the fallen officer's accused assailants: George Pierre Tanios, 39, and Julian Elie Khater, 32. The two were slated to have their initial court appearances early Monday afternoon in the states where they were arrested, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington. Tanios, who appeared in the Northern District of West Virginia, is represented by Beth Gross.

Sicknick joined the New Jersey Air National Guard in 1997 and had been assigned to the 108th Air Refueling Wing out of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. The FBI says a tipster informed them that the men know each other from the Garden State, where they grew up together. A detention hearing was scheduled for Thursday for Tanios.

Investigators now believe Mr Sicknick may have ingested a chemical substance - possibly bear spray - that may have contributed to his death, officials have said.

Investigators used video of the riots to identify the men, allegedly caught on camera discussing the assaults.

Prosecutors said Khater could be heard telling Tanios: 'Give me that bear s**t'.

"Those who perpetrated these heinous crimes must be held accountable, and - let me be clear - these unlawful actions are not and will not be tolerated by this Department", Pittman said.

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On Sunday evening, officers could be seen standing at the ends of the path by the cordon, with a police van also seen in the town. The body of the 33-year-old marketing executive was found hidden in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent, on Wednesday.

Two suspects were charged on Monday in the attack on Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was rushed to the hospital after being sprayed with a chemical irritant during the January 6 assault on the US Capitol, and died the next day. A former colleague identified Khater and the Federal Bureau of Investigation received a tip from Tanios' former business partner, who also alleged he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from their business, court papers said.

Khater is then allegedly seen holding a white can with a black top that prosecutors said "appears to be a can of chemical spray".

After he sprayed the officers, they "immediately retreat from the line, bring their hands to their faces and rush to find water to wash out their eyes", according to the court papers.

Though Sicknick's death is not mentioned in the charges, his injuries-and those of his comrades-are. One officer said the spray was "as strong as, if not stronger than, any version of the pepper spray they had been exposed to during their training as law enforcement officers".

"Officer Edwards reported lasting injuries underneath her eyes, including scabbing that remained on her face for weeks", according to the court document.

Both men face years in prison if they are convicted of the charges.

The complaint said the officers were temporarily blinded and disabled by the substance and "needed medical attention and assistance from fellow officers".

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