Rioters aimed to ‘capture and assassinate’ lawmakers, “QAnon Shaman” prosecutors say

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Federal prosecutors in Arizona are asking a judge detain the Capitol rioter known as the “QAnon Shaman” before trial, saying his words and actions during the Jan. 6 siege show that the intent of the rioters was “capture and assassinate” lawmakers.

Jacob Chansley, 33, of Arizona was indicted Jan. 11 by a federal grand jury on felony charges of interfering with enforcement during the commission of civil disorder and obstructing a Congressional proceeding, threatening Congressional officials and disorderly conduct. Chansley, who is also known as Jake Angeli, was also indicted on four misdemeanor counts.

Prosecutors say Chansley, a well-known fixture at Arizona pro- rallies, is a “self-proclaimed leader” in the QAnon conspiracy theory movement. Images of a shirtless Chansley storming the Capitol wearing horns, a fur coyote tail headdress and face paint, carrying a bullhorn and a spear, quickly went viral on media. He is being held in a federal facility in Arizona.

In a memorandum filed Thursday, . prosecutors in Arizona argue Chansley would pose an “ongoing danger the community” and a flight risk were he be released. While inside the Capitol, prosecutors argue, Chansley approached . Capitol Keith Robishaw and screamed that “this was their house, that they were there Senators, and that they were there the Capitol, Congressional leaders,” the memorandum reads. “Chansley also used his bullhorn to communicate that they were there to out several congressmen,” the filing says.

Source:CBS News