Fort Bragg soldier accused of spraying “chemical agent” on police charged with alleged role in January 6 Capitol uprising


This story first appeared in Fayetteville Observer.

New York man in the military barely six months old was arrested at Fort Bragg last week on allegations he assaulted law enforcement during the January breach of the United States Capitol in Washington , DC

CPS. James Phillip Mault, 29, is charged with a number of federal offenses, including assaulting, resisting or preventing certain officers from using a dangerous weapon or causing bodily harm; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; and civil unrest, according to a press release issued on Wednesday by the US attorney’s office in Washington, DC

Mault first appeared in court on October 8 in the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Fort Bragg spokesman Col. Joe Buccino confirmed on Wednesday that Mault was arrested after October 6.

Buccino said it was important to note that Mault joined the military in May, several months after the incident.

“This thing he allegedly did happened before he was a soldier,” he said.

In a recently unsealed criminal complaint, Mault is accused of spraying a chemical agent on a group of law enforcement officers trying to prevent crowds of protesters from entering the Capitol building where the US Congress was certifying the votes of the electoral college appointing Joe Biden president.

“An examination of a camera worn on the body by a metropolitan police officer showed (…) Mault spraying a chemical agent on law enforcement officers with his left hand”, alleges the complaint.

He is also accused of having confronted law enforcement officers at a barricade and of tearing down the barrier that allowed demonstrators to access the ground, according to the statement.

Although his actions were captured on officers’ body cameras, Capitol security cameras and mobile phone videos posted to social media, Mault denied assaulting anyone or damaging property when contacted for the first time by federal agents Jan. 18, according to the criminal complaint.

“Mault described being caught in the crowd and the mass of people pushed him closer and closer to the Capitol. Mault said he had no choice but to go ahead because of the press from the people behind him, ”the complaint indicates. “Mault found himself right next to an entrance to the Capitol but denied entering the Capitol,” says the complaint.

Mault also reportedly denied knowing a man seen with him, Cody Mattice, whom officers later learned had accompanied Mault and four others from Rochester, New York, on a bus driven by Mault’s father to attend the demonstration of the certification of Biden’s victory over Donald Trump. .

Mault was positively identified, the statement said, by the helmet he wore which was covered in unique stickers, one of which identified his Ironworkers union in Rochester.

His name was first brought to investigators by an anonymous source who “contacted the FBI National Threat Operations Center (NTOC) to report that James Mault violated the Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. Mault was described as wearing a helmet with stickers, one of them was the Ironworkers Local 33 Rochester, New York (NY). (Source) claimed to have seen a photo of Mault inside the Capitol … ” complaint.

Her positive identification came when officers showed Mault’s mother photographs of her son during the insurgency, according to the complaint.

Mault’s friend Mattice was arrested on Oct. 7 in New York City, the statement said.

In the eight months since Jan. 6, more than 600 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the violation of the United States Capitol, including at least 185 people accused of assaulting or d ‘hamper law enforcement, according to the press release. .


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