David Nicholas Dempsey biography: 13 things about US Capitol riot suspect from Van Nuys, California

David Nicholas Dempsey
David Nicholas Dempsey

David Nicholas Dempsey is a white man from California, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lives in Van Nuys, California. Aside from Van Nuys, he has lived in other parts of California including Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles. (a) (b)
  2. He attended Coutin School in Los Angeles. (c)
  3. He is 6’1″ tall. His registered weight is 185 lbs. (c)
  4. In 2006, he was convicted of burglary. Between 2006 and 2017, he was convicted of second-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit commercial burglary and fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly. (b) (c)
  5. He was accused of committing burglary on October 12, 2009. In November 2009, he was convicted and was sentenced to 16 months in state prison and a mandatory probation period. (c)
  6. In 2012, he was accused of possessing or using a stolen credit card and charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and larceny in Burbank. (c)
  7. Wearing a Make America Great Again hat, he was caught on camera of using bear spray on a group of protesters at a rally on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California on October 19, 2019, which was organized by Refuse Fascism, a group opposed to Donald Trump and Mike Pence. He was arrested by the Santa Monica Police Department and charged with use of tear gas and unlawful tear gas activity. On October 22, 2019, he pleaded not guilty to the charges. (b) (d)
  8. On November 21, 2020, he was in Sacramento, California. (d)
  9. On December 12, 2020, he attended the March on Washington event in Washington, D.C., USA. (d)
  10. Wearing a black shirt, dark helmet, goggles and an American flag gaiter covering most of his face, he went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021. That day, Trump’s 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 sprayed police officers with a lacrimal agent. (a) (d)
  11. On May 17, 2021, he entered the Los Angeles Airport Courthouse in Del Aire, California to attend a scheduled hearing. (d)
  12. A Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent filed a criminal complaint against him, which was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey on August 25, 2021. For his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he was charged with use of a dangerous weapon, obstruction of an official proceeding and civil disorder in addition to assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers. (d)
  13. He was 34 years old when he was arrested on August 26, 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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