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Jonathan Gennaro Mellis biography: 10 things about US Capitol riot suspect from Williamsburg, Virginia

Jonathan Gennaro Mellis

Jonathan Gennaro Mellis

Jonathan Gennaro Mellis is a white man from Virginia, United States. Here are 10 more things about him:

  1. He also goes by Jon Gennaro. (a)
  2. He lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. (a)
  3. Wearing a straw cowboy hat and black quilted jacket, he 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. During the riot, he swung and stabbed a stick at law enforcement officers trying to protect the building’s west entrance. (a)
  4. Netizens who saw his photos from the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021 nicknamed him Cowboy Screech. (b)
  5. He was angry about Antifa and Black Lives Matter being blamed for the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. He wrote on social media, “Don’t you dare try to tell me that people are blaming this on antifa and BLM. We proudly take responsibility for storming the Castle.” (a)
  6. A Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent filed a criminal complaint against him, which was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui on February 11, 2021. (c)
  7. On February 16, 2021, FBI agents arrested him without incident at his home in Williamsburg. (a)
  8. He was 34 years old when he was arrested on February 16, 2021. He was held at Western Tidewater Regional Jail in Suffolk, Virginia. (a)
  9. For his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he was charged with assaulting officers and aiding and abetting, civil disorder, entering a restricted building or grounds, violent entry or disorderly conduct and obstruction of Justice/Congress. (b)
  10. He is scheduled for a remote bond hearing in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Virginia on February 19, 2021. (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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