Popular Hollywood actor who had notable roles in “Mr. Show,” “Arrested Development,” “Bob’s Burgers,” and “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” has been apprehended in California and charged in connection with the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Jay Johnston is facing charges of felony obstruction of officers during civil disorder, along with several misdemeanor offenses, the DOJ announced.
The court documents reveal that Johnston entered the upper west tunnel during the January 6 riot. It is alleged that he “assisted at least three other rioters by pouring water on their faces.”
Additionally, the documents state that he wielded a stolen U.S. Capitol Police shield while participating in the clashes between rioters and law enforcement. The FBI’s National Threat Operations Center received a communication from an attorney representing Johnston on March 8, 2021, according to the bureau.
As part of its Jan. 6 investigation, the FBI shared a photo of Johnston at the Capitol and, in March 2021, his lawyer called authorities to identify him. Three people who know Johnston corroborated his identity, an FBI agent said in the affidavit, and one of those three shared a text they said Johnston wrote about being at the Capitol.
“The news has presented it as an attack. It actually wasn’t,” Johnston allegedly wrote, according to the affidavit. “Thought it kind of turned into that. It was a mess. Got maced and tear gassed and found it quite untastic.”
Johnston’s arrest is one of more than 1,000 Jan. 6 cases brought by Justice Department prosecutors to date.