Two men have been charged with assaulting late Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick with a chemical spray on January 6 during the attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to arrest warrants unsealed on Monday.
On Sunday, 32-year-old Julian Elie Khater of Pennsylvania and 39-year-old George Pierre Tanios of Morgantown, West Virginia were arrested, with the pair expected to appear in court on Monday, The Washington Post was first to report. The two were identified through video footage and other means spraying Sicknick outside the Capitol Building the day of the riot, the court documents say.
It should be noted that the suspects have not been charged with homicide. At this point, prosecutors have not directly implicated anybody in bringing about Sicknick’s death, since no official cause of death has been declared yet, which has drawn inquiry from lawmakers about what occurred.
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The man has two previous arrests for drug possession and one for public intoxication. The motive is unclear, and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said detectives are looking into whether mental illness was a factor.
“The suspect is identified as 49-year-old Craig Tamanaha, who is homeless, with a last known address in Brooklyn” reports ABC 7 New York. Police said the suspect climbed up “the metal superstructure” underneath the artificial tree and lit papers he had brought with him on fire, then shoved the papers into the tree structure.
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