The North Carolina man who tried to breach the US Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot pleads guilty
A Brevard man, along with two other people from other states, pleaded guilty to criminal charges Wednesday related to their actions during the storming of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021.
Alan Michael St. Onge, 36, pleaded guilty to two counts of civil disorder, a felony, for his actions at the Lower West Terrace entrance to the Capitol, also known as “The Tunnel.”
A US Department of Justice press release on the afternoon of January 6 said St-Onge was among the mob that clashed with police in the tunnel, where “some of the most violent attacks against police” that day occurred.
According to the statement, surveillance video captured images of St. Onge “pushing hard” against other rioters who were trying to break through the police line defending the tunnel.
Other members of the mob threw objects, sprayed police with chemical irritants, and stole items from police defending the site. The police eventually managed to gain momentum and succeeded in expelling the rioters.
Before that, Saint-Onge also defended against the police line in West Plaza.
Alan Michael St. Onge in the Capitol
The statement said St. Onge initially approached the Capitol from the east before moving to the West Front Building, where he was among members of the mob that was attacking a police barricade in the West Plaza, which eventually fell.
He then made his way to the opening stage before arriving at the tunnel where he joined a mob effort to breach the law enforcement line protecting Congress.
St. Onge was arrested in Brevard on June 16, 2023. He will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Carl J. Nichols on May 17.
Two others were convicted
According to the US Department of Justice, 43 years old Kyle Comer, from Kansas City William “Jesse” Stover, 46, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to one count of civil disorder, a felony.