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Prosecutors Upgrade Charges Against Des Moines Man Accused Of Storming The U.S. Capitol

Manuel Balce Ceneta
Protesters gesture to U.S. Capitol Police in the hallway outside of the Senate chamber at the Capitol on Jan. 6, near the Ohio Clock.

Federal prosecutors have filed new charges against the Des Moines man accused of breaching the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. A new indictment filed against Doug Jensen last week includes dangerous weapons charges after an FBI agent testified Jensen carried a pocket knife when he entered the Capitol.

The upgraded charges brought by a grand jury include entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon, and disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon. Jensen now faces seven federal charges for his alleged role in the insurrection.

Photos and videos have been widely circulated of Jensen wearing a QAnon T-shirt and leading an angry mob towards a lone Black police officer during the raid. In a now-viral video, Jensen can be seen chasing the officer, Eugene Goodman of the U.S. Capitol Police, up a series of stairs outside the Senate chambers with a crowd of rioters close behind.

The video filmed by a Huffington Post reporter shows Goodman successfully leading Jensen and the other rioters away from the Senate, at the exact moment officers were scrambling to secure the doors to the chamber, where lawmakers were still huddled inside.

Goodman’s actions are now considered critical in preventing rioters from encountering members of Congress; a number of those who stormed the Capitol were intent on finding lawmakers and killing them, according to prosecutors. Lawmakers have said Goodman’s actions that day “saved lives”. The Senate has since unanimously voted to award him a Congressional Gold Medal.

Jensen, an avowed adherent to the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory, has admitted to entering the Capitol and told investigators he wanted to be among the first to breach the building because he was wearing the Q shirt and wanted to be filmed so that “Q” could “get the credit”.

Jensen remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in the U.S. District Court for D.C. on Feb. 23.