George Pierre Tanios biography: 13 things about US Capitol riot suspect from Morgantown, West Virginia


George Pierre Tanios is a resident of West Virginia, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

George Pierre Tanios (©FBI)
George Pierre Tanios (©FBI)
  1. He was born in New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA. (a)
  2. He and Julian Elie Khater grew up together in New Jersey. (b)
  3. He lives in Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia. He previously lived in Star City, Monongalia County. (a)(c)(d)
  4. He previously lived in State College, Pennsylvania, USA and in King, North Carolina, USA. (c)
  5. He is a registered Republican. (d)
  6. He is the president of Sandwich University, a sandwich shop in Morgantown. (e)
  7. He was the co-owner of Are U Hungry, which first opened in State College in June 2005. The restaurant, which sells sandwich, opened a second restaurant in State College and another in Morgantown. The original owner of the RU Hungry store in New Brunswick is his uncle. (d)(f)
  8. According to him, Are U Hungry has held trademarks on Fat Ranch, Fat Drunk, Fat Blunt, Fat Bitch and Fat Bastard sandwiches since 2005. On March 6, 2007, the restaurant filed a lawsuit against Mr. C, which opened in February 2007 and was owned by Mike Garaibeh. Mr. C was accused of using sandwich names that are visually, phonetically, and confusingly similar to those of Are U Hungry. (f)
  9. Wearing a shirt with a Sandwich University logo, he went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021 with Khater. 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. He and Khater allegedly worked together to assault law enforcement officers with an unknown chemical substance by spraying officers directly in the face and eyes. (a)
  10. A Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent filed a criminal complaint against him and Khater, which was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui on March 6, 2021. The FBI obtained search warrants for Are U Hungry, his Morgantown residence and for a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee he owned. For their participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he and Khater were each charged with civil disorder, conspiracy to injure an officer, obstructing or impeding an official proceeding, physical violence on restricted grounds while carrying dangerous weapon and resulting in significant bodily injury, violent entry and disorderly conduct, act of physical violence on U.S. Capitol grounds and three counts of assault on a federal officer with a dangerous weapon. (a)(g)
  11. On March 14, 2021, he was arrested at his residence in Morgantown. He was booked at the Central Regional Jail in West Virginia. (a)(b)
  12. Represented by assistant federal defenders Beth Gross and Richard Wagner, he appeared by video from the Central Regional Jail on March 15, 2021 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi, who set a detention hearing at 10:00 a.m. on March 18, 2021. (g)
  13. He was 40 years old when he pleaded guilty on July 27, 2022 to entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds and to disorderly and disruptive conduct on restricted grounds. He will be sentenced on December 6, 2022.

(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.


4 replies »

  1. George needs to be nice to whoever buys his sandwich business, he is going to need supplemental sandwiches while serving his prison sentence.


    • I love the fact that he plead guilty yet fanatics send him thousands of dollars for killing a cop. Hopefully the family of the cop he killed will get peace when the civil case which is pending and can be followed online becomes resolved.


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