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Jacob Fracker biography: 13 things about Rocky Mount, Virginia cop

Jacob Fracker, Thomas Robertson

Jacob Fracker, Thomas Robertson

Jacob Fracker is a white man from Virginia, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. In 2010, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was deployed to Afghanistan. (a)
  2. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps at the rank of corporal. (a)
  3. He serves in the Virginia Army National Guard. (a)
  4. In 2017, he joined the Rocky Mount Police Department (RMPD) in Rocky Mount, Virginia. (a)
  5. On January 6, 2021, he made an obscene gesture as he took a selfie with his fellow RMPD officer and his platoon sergeant Thomas Robertson in front of the John Stark statue inside the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA. (b) That day, Donald Trump supporters breached the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA and disrupted a joint session of Congress to certify the vote of the Electoral College and affirm Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
  6. The RMPD placed him and Robertson on administrative leave after their participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. They were on paid leave, according to Robertson. (c)
  7. On January 12, 2021, he wrote a statement describing his actions on January 6, 2021 as an “expression of grief against what very many Americans would consider tyranny.” He wrote, “My entire adult life has been dedicated to protecting my fellow Americans. I’ve never once cared about skin color, religion, political views, sexual orientation or anything.” (a)
  8. On January 13, 2021, he and Robertson were arrested in Virginia. They were charged by complaint with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on the U.S. Capitol grounds. (b)
  9. He was 29 years old when he was arrested on January 13, 2021. (a)
  10. On the afternoon of January 13, 2021, he and Robertson appeared at a federal court in Roanoke via Zoom. Magistrate Judge Robert Ballou ordered their release on $15,000 unsecured bonds. (a)
  11. The prosecution wanted GPS monitoring for both him and Robertson by Ballou did not grant it on January 13, 2021. The judge also prohibited them from joining public assemblies and having firearms at home until further notice. (c)
  12. He does not have a passport. (c)
  13. He and Robertson are expected to attend the next virtual court hearing at 1:00 p.m. on January 19, 2021. (a)

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