They were among the most wanted suspects. US authorities on Monday indicted two men accused of spraying a chemical substance on Capitol Hill policeman Brian Sicknick, whose death after the violent assault on January 6 remains unexplained. Julian Khater, 32, and George Tanios, 39, were arrested on Sunday and face nine charges, including “assaulting an officer with a dangerous weapon,” according to a Justice Department statement. . They are not prosecuted for homicide.
The two men are suspected of having used “bear spray”, a powerful irritant aerosol containing capsaicin, the active component of chili pepper, in the attack on the seat of the American democracy. In a video, cited in the indictment, Khater asks Tanios to give him “that bear thing”, before removing a spray can from the latter’s backpack. A little later, it projects its contents into the faces of three agents, including that of Brian Sicknick.
Tribute to Congress
The policeman, 42, died in hospital the next day. In a statement released that day, police said he “was injured in a confrontation with protesters” and “collapsed upon arriving at his team’s offices”. His tragic fate had moved many Americans, shocked by the capture of Congress by pro-Trump activists. His body had been exhibited on Capitol Hill, an exceptional honor, and Joe Biden had paid tribute to him on the spot.
Several elected officials, especially in the Democratic ranks, consider him a victim of the assault led by supporters of Donald Trump against the seat of Congress, when his elected officials certified the victory of Joe Biden in the presidential election.
The man who laid down explosive devices still wanted
Four other people died in the coup: a protester shot dead by a police officer and three others for separate medical reasons. Accused of “incitement to insurgency” by the House of Representatives, former President Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate after a vigorous trial in February.
The #FBI and @ATFWashington are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to this person’s identification. Previously released photos show the individual wearing a face mask, a gray hoodie, and black and gray Nike Air Max Speed Turf shoes with a yellow logo. @FBIWFO pic.twitter.com/8JYR79v7wX
– FBI (@FBI) March 9, 2021
Now the main suspect who has yet to be arrested is the man accused of filing two pipe bombs, homemade explosive devices, in front of the headquarters of the Republican and Democratic parties. According to the authorities these pipe bombs were “functional” but had not exploded. The FBI offered a reward of $ 100,000 for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect.