John Strand biography: 13 things about US Capitol riot suspect from Naples, Florida

John Herbert Strand is a white man from Florida, United States. For him, his mother has the most significant influence on his character and human development.

Strand has worked as a model and a licensed security guard. Here are 13 more things about him:

John Strand, Ian Smith
John Strand, Ian Smith
  1. He lives in Naples, Collier County, Florida. (a)
  2. He previously lived in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. (b)
  3. He served as the communications director for America’s Frontline Doctors. (c)
  4. He was collecting unemployment while living with America’s Frontline Doctors founder Dr. Simone Melissa Gold in Beverly Hills. (d)
  5. In March 2018, he told the US Lifestyle magazine, “I often use my platform as a model to educate others in fighting against obesity and the poor nutrition found in modern commercial agriculture, along with supporting mental health and encouraging balance and positive self-image to reduce the dangers of depression and suicide in young people.” (e)
  6. He was one of the anti-lockdown demonstrators who protested outside the house of Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti on December 6, 2020. (f)
  7. Wearing a black jacket, pink scarf and dark sunglasses, he went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021 with Gold to ensure her safety. 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. (b)
  8. On January 8, 2021, he took to Twitter to share a YouTube video of Ashli Babbitt who was fatally shot during the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. He wrote, “I was there. This is inexcusable.” (g)
  9. An FBI special agent filed a criminal complaint against him, which was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey on January 13, 2021. (d)
  10. On January 18, 2021, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested him in California. (a)(b)
  11. He appeared before Magistrate Judge John E. McDermott at the Edward R. Roybal federal courthouse in Los Angeles on the afternoon of January 19, 2021. The judge refused to let him sign his own bond and required a responsible third party to do it. For his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he was charged with entering restricted building or grounds and violent entry or disorderly conduct. (c)(d)
  12. On September 27, 2022, a jury in Washington, D.C. found him guilty of the felony charge of obstruction of an official proceeding and the misdemeanor offenses of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a U.S. Capitol building and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a U.S. Capitol building. (a)
  13. He was 39 years old when he was found guilty on September 27, 2022 for his actions during the U.S. Capitol breach on January 6, 2021. He will be sentenced on January 12, 2023. (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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