The man who helped lead the Jan. 6 Capitol attack has been found guilty of multiple crimes
A man from North Carolina Who helped lead the first attack on the police He was charged at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and was found guilty of multiple felonies and misdemeanors on Friday, prosecutors said.
James Tate Grant, a 31-year-old Cary resident, and four other men convicted Friday led the first breach of restricted Capitol grounds and the initial attack on U.S. Capitol Police officers, according to FBI criminal complaints against the men.
“Their attack paved the way for thousands of rioters to storm the Capitol,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., said in a press release.
In a arraignment, U.S. District Judge Gia Cobb in Washington, D.C., found Grant guilty of civil disorder, assaulting an officer with a deadly or dangerous weapon and obstructing an official proceeding — all felonies.
The weapon was a metal crowd control barrier, According to the criminal complaint filed by the FBI against Grant.
Cobb also found Grant guilty of an act of physical violence on Capitol grounds and disorderly and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, both misdemeanors.
He previously pleaded guilty to entering and remaining in certain rooms of the Capitol and parading, demonstrating or picketing the Capitol, which are also misdemeanors, court records show.
Grant’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 13.
The Charlotte Observer was unable to reach Grant on Saturday. His attorney, Peter Cooper of Washington, D.C., did not respond to a phone message from the Observer.
“The crowd stepped forward”
On Jan. 6, Grant closely followed another defendant convicted Friday, 40-year-old Ryan Samsel of Bristol, Pennsylvania, according to court documents.
Grant He wore a baseball cap With an insignia of a map of his home state and the phrase “Drink Local,” the Charlotte Observer previously reported.
Others convicted Friday for their roles in the attack included Paul Russell Johnson, 38, of Lanexa, Virginia; Steven Chase Randolph, 34, of Harrodsburg, Kentucky; and Jason Benjamin Blythe, 28, of Fort Worth, Texas.
Samsel broke through the first barricade on restricted grounds and approached the Capitol via the Pennsylvania Corridor. The FBI said in criminal complaints that this was the first violation of the restricted perimeter.
Immediately behind Samsel, Grant waived a crowd forward onto no-man’s land, according to the FBI.
The criminal complaint against Grant says Samsel and Grant pushed and pulled the second barrier while officers secured it in place. Grant, Samsel and other men lifted the metal bike rack barrier off the ground and pushed him into a line of USCP officers, according to the document.
They “stormed the halls” of the Capitol
The barricade hit an officer in the face with such force that he was thrown backwards, hitting his head on a metal railing and then on the stairs.
“The officer lost consciousness and suffered a concussion,” an FBI agent says in the complaint against Grant. “Another officer was pushed several feet back by the metal bike rack barrier until the back of his body struck the stairwell and railing behind him.”
Randolph jumped over the barricade and grabbed an officer, the agent said. Grant and Blythe “joined in the attack and attempted to pull Randolph and the officer toward a group of rioters,” the complaint said.
The other police forced Grant, Randolph, and Blythe to release the officer and walk away, the FBI agent wrote.
“At this point, the barricades had fallen, and the officers were outnumbered,” the complaint says. “The rioters quickly overcame the police line, and Capitol Police officers moved back toward the Capitol.”
Grant then joined the crowd that entered the Capitol, and “each of the five men continued to fuel the riot,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office press release.
Grant climbed through a broken window next to the Senate suite door into the Capitol building around 2:50 p.m. “Then he stormed the halls with other rioters and was recorded with others” in the office of U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, the FBI said. .
while Regarding pre-trial release In December 2021, Grant was charged with driving while impaired after a confrontation with Garner police in the restaurant’s parking lot, the Observer reported at the time.
Police said they found an AR-15-style rifle and 60 .233-caliber rounds of ammunition in Grant’s car. When officers tried to arrest him, Grant tried to flee, court records show.
“He then fell to the ground and said something to the effect of, ‘Just kill me now,'” federal prosecutors said in a lawsuit.
The outcome of the local case was not available Saturday.
At least 1,230 people from all 50 states have been charged in connection with the Capitol breach, including at least 440 charged with felony assault or obstruction of law enforcement.