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Michael Anthony Pope biography: 10 things about US Capitol riot suspect from Sandpoint, Idaho

Michael Anthony Pope is a white man from Idaho, United States. Here are 10 more things about him:

  1. He lives in Sandpoint, Bonner County, Idaho. He has lived in other parts of Idaho including Priest River and Post Falls. (a) (b)
  2. He previously lived in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, in Gering, Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska and in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA. (b)
  3. He has a brother named William Alexander Pope, who lives in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA. (a)
  4. In June 2019, he bought a house in Sandpoint with a loan from the Veterans Administration. (c)
  5. He and William went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021. That day, Donald Trump supporters breached the building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Joe Biden‘s victory in the 2020 presidential election. (d)
  6. On the morning of February 12, 2021, he surrendered himself to special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation‘s division in Salt Lake County, Utah, USA. He was taken into custody without incident. (d) (e) (f) 
  7. He was 32 years old when he was arrested on February 12, 2021. (c)
  8. On the afternoon of February 12, 2021, he made his initial appearance in a federal court in Boise, Ada County, Idaho via video call before U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale, who granted a release order, required him to check in with pretrial services once a week and prohibited him from travelling to Washington, D.C. except for court proceedings and outside of Idaho’s Northern District without receiving permission from pretrial services, leaving the U.S. without authorization and possessing firearms, destructive devices and other weapons. (c) (e) (f)
  9. For their participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he and William were charged with civil disorder; obstruction or impeding any official proceeding; entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; impeding passage through the Capitol grounds of buildings; and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. (d)
  10. He is scheduled to go before a federal judge in Washington, D.C. over video on February 19, 2021. (f)


(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)



If you have information about someone who participated in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, call 1-800-CALL-FBI. You may also submit relevant photos and videos to the FBI.

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