A man whose ostentatious outfit of horns and fur (and no shirt) made him impossible to miss in photos of Wednesday’s armed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has been arrested.
Arizona man Jake Angeli, aka Jacob Anthony Chansley, was taken into custody on Saturday, according to the Department of Justice. He was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Capitol Police said that Angeli had called the FBI on Thursday and confirmed he was the man in the photos, according to a Capitol Police arrest affidavit obtained by The Washington Post. The document stated that Angeli said he had traveled to Washington “with other ‘patriots’ from Arizona, at the request of the President that all ‘patriots’ come to D.C. on January 6, 2021.”
Angeli was among the hundreds of supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump who broke into the Capitol in a riot that left at least five people dead.
Angeli also wore red, white and blue face paint and carried a spear with the American flag attached as he roamed the Capitol.
Angeli, a supporter of the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon, has become known for his distinctive choice of protest-wear at rallies in Arizona, and his description of himself as a “shamanic practitioner” has led to his “Q Shaman” or “QAnon Shaman” nicknames.
Following the riots, Angeli said on Twitter that, contrary to rumors, he was not a member of Antifa or the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I’m a Qanon & digital soldier,” he tweeted. “My name is Jake & I marched with the police & fought against BLM & ANTIFA in PHX.”
On Wednesday, Angeli’s outfit got him a lot of attention on social media, prompting some people to compare him to Chewbacca — after which Star Wars fans jumped in to defend their beloved Wookie. Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay also logged on to clarify that, despite their physical similarities, the insurrectionist was not him.
Shirtless, Horned Capitol Rioter And QAnon Enthusiast Has Been Arrested The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ Huffington Post.