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William Nichols Jr. biography: 10 things about US Capitol riot suspect from Manchester, Vermont

William Arthur Nichols, Jr. is a white man from Vermont, United States. Here are 10 more things about him:

  1. He lives in Manchester, Bennington County, Vermont.
  2. He once fled to France while having a criminal case in Vermont.
  3. While in France, he unsuccessfully tried to join the French army division French Foreign Legion, which accepts foreign recruits and issues them new identities.
  4. His mother once broke her arm while trying to break up a fight that he started.
  5. In 2012, he pleaded guilty to aggravated domestic assault in Bennington County.
  6. Wearing a camouflage jacket and tactical vest, 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 used a clear plastic shield to strike police officers.
  7. On January 20, 2023, a warrant for his arrest signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui was issued.
  8. On February 1, 2023, he surrendered to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Rutland. For his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he was charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers; civil disorder; entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a dangerous weapon; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a dangerous weapon; engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds with a dangerous weapon; impeding passage through the U.S. Capitol grounds or building; and act of physical violence in the U.S. Capitol grounds or building.
  9. He was 41 years old when he was arrested on February 1, 2023. He appeared in federal court in Rutland, Rutland County, Vermont and was released on conditions.
  10. On February 9, 2023, he will appear virtually before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

(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 or submit relevant photos and videos to the FBI.

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