Will Pope biography: 13 things about US Capitol riot suspect from Topeka, Kansas

William Alexander Pope (©Shawnee County Jail)

William Alexander Pope (©Shawnee County Jail)

William Alexander Pope is a white man from Kansas, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He also goes by Will Pope. (a)
  2. He lives in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas. (a)
  3. He has a brother named Michael Anthony Pope, who lives in Sandpoint, Bonner County, Idaho, USA. (b)
  4. He is a graduate teaching assistant at the Department of Communication Studies of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas. (c)
  5. From January 2016 until May 2020, he was an adjunct instructor at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Ellis County, Kansas. (b)
  6. In 2019, he ran for Topeka City Council but lost to Christina Valdivia-Alcala(c)
  7. On August 25, 2020, he held a thin blue line flag and attended the Back the Blue rally in front of the Topeka Performing Arts Center. (b)
  8. As of October 2020, he was listed as a Republican precinct committee member in Topeka. (b)
  9.  He and Michael 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. (a)
  10. On January 11, 2021, he explained that he went to the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 to exercise his First Amendment rights.  (b)
  11. On February 12, 2021, he was arrested on a federal warrant issued by the U.S. Court District of Columbia. At 9:40 a.m., he was booked into the Shawnee County Jail in Topeka. He was 35 years old when he was arrested. (a)
  12. From February 12-16, 2021, he was held at the Shawnee County Jail without bond on a federal hold order. At 10:00 a.m. on February 16, 2021, he was released to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (a)
  13. For their participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he and Michael 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. (a)


(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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