Virginia man charged with storming Capitol while wearing Captain America backpack during Jan. 6 riot

A Virginia man was arrested Wednesday on charges of entering the U.S. Capitol wearing a Captain America backpack and stealing items from a senator’s desk in the Senate chamber during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot. This was revealed in court records.

According to an FBI agent’s affidavit, Ryan Joseph Orlando took a pen from the desk of Sen. Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, and a drink coaster from the desk of Sen. Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia.

Orlando, 28, of Arlington, Virginia, was arrested in his hometown on charges including theft of government property, disorderly conduct, and unauthorized entry into Congress, according to an arrest warrant.

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Online court records did not immediately list an attorney for Orlando.

A scene from the January 6 riot at the US Capitol in 2021. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Surveillance camera footage showed Orlando entering the Capitol through a fire door on the west side of the building. He was wearing a black mask and a round Captain America-themed backpack and appeared to be recording video on his cell phone as he walked around the Capitol.

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Orlando and other rioters entered the Senate chamber around 3 p.m. on Jan. 6 after senators were evacuated from the chamber. C-SPAN footage shows Orlando rummaging through documents on the desks of senators and possibly taking photos, including then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-S.C.). (Kentucky) was also included.

According to the FBI affidavit, C-SPAN video shows Mr. Orlando taking a pen from Mr. Collins’s desk and putting it in his pocket, and a white coaster from Mr. Manchin’s desk, before police removed him from the room. The situation was reportedly captured. Police also removed him from the building, but he re-entered the Capitol through a broken window and remained inside for several more minutes, according to the affidavit.


About 1,200 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the Capitol riot. Nearly 900 of them have either pleaded guilty or been found guilty by a judge or jury after trial. More than 700 of them have been sentenced, with about two-thirds receiving sentences ranging from three days to 22 years.



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