Court documents indicate that a man from Virginia was taken into custody on Wednesday on accusations of robbing senators’ desks on the Senate floor during the Capitol riot. The man stormed the United States Capitol while donning a Captain America backpack.
An FBI agent’s affidavit states that on January 6, 2021, Ryan Joseph Orlando, pictured in an image captured from a Senate Television video, stole a pen from the desk of Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and a drink coaster from the desk of Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia). Orlando was seen looking at papers on a lectern on the Senate floor.
According to the arrest warrant, Orlando, a 28-year-old from Arlington, Virginia, was taken into custody in his hometown on allegations that included stealing from the government, being disruptive, and gaining unlawful admission to the floor of a House of Congress.
Orlando had no counsel listed in the online court records.
Orlando was shown on a surveillance camera entering the Capitol using a fire entrance on the west side of the building. He seemed to be filming footage on his phone as he strode about the Capitol while wearing a black mask and a spherical backpack with a Captain America motif.
Once senators left the floor at 3 p.m. on January 6, rioters like Orlando accessed the chamber (accompanied by the police.) Several senators’ desks, including those of Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), the former Senate Majority Leader, are seen in C-SPAN film as being searched and potentially photographed by Orlando.
According to the FBI complaint, Orlando was seen taking a pen from Collins’ desk and placing it in his pocket. He also took a white coaster from Manchin’s desk. After that, the officers escorted him out of the room. Even after the police took him out of the building, the affidavit states that he reentered the Capitol via a shattered glass and stayed there for a few more minutes.
Around 1,200 individuals have been indicted for federal offenses connected to the Capitol riots. A judge or jury has found almost 900 of them guilty following trials. Nearly two-thirds of the more than 700 offenders have received jail terms ranging from three days to twenty-two years.