GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A man was arrested in Glendale for his alleged involvement in the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Glendale resident James McGrew participated in storming the U.S. Capitol building during a joint session of Congress. Members of the House and Senate were in the process of certifying the vote count of the Electoral College for the 2020 Presidential Election.
In the federal complaint, a Task Force Officer with the Joint Terrorism Task Force collected evidence and received tips from two concerned citizens regarding McGrew's actions at the Capitol. Federal authorities have access to hours of video footage from national news coverage and from social media accounts from the day and were able to identify McGrew at several points.
The federal officer reviewed photos and video showing a man wearing a white t-shirt and a gray/white/black "Colombia" jacket. The man, identified as McGrew, was seen in the images on the steps of the Capitol and inside the Rotunda. Authorities identified McGrew because of a tattoo he has across his stomach that reads "KING JAMES." The FBI compared a previous 2012 booking photo of McGrew showcasing the tattoo with a still image from a body-worm camera inside the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Court documents state that McGrew was aggressive toward law enforcement officers, yelling things like "We're coming in here, whether you like it or not," and "Fight with us, not against us." McGrew also reportedly held up his phone and began to name officers standing in front of him and their badge numbers. Shortly after and seen in multiple videos, officers tried to push back rioters toward an exit door. As McGrew was pushed back with the crowd, he is seen on video jumping forward to strike an officer. Afterward, McGrew stepped back.
Within seconds, the FBI says McGrew ignored commands and walked toward officers and screamed at them. An officer told McGrew, "Just leave, just leave man, come on," to which McGrew repeatedly screamed back "You leave. You leave. This is our house!" As officers pushed rioters back, McGrew allegedly struck another officer and then tried to grab another officer's baton.
On Jan. 7, a concerned citizen contacted the FBI regarding McGrew, saying McGrew intended to attend the "stolen vote protest." The tipster said McGrew also showed an employee a video on his cell phone of himself inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Several weeks later on Feb. 26, a second concerned citizen contacted the FBI National Threat Operations Center and said McGrew assaulted Capitol Police Officers during the Jan. 6 attack. Days later, that tipster emailed several photos showing McGrew fighting with officers inside the Rotunda.
McGrew faces multiple charges including assaulting an officer, civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, knowingly entering/remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority to do so, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, act of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings, and demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. McGrew was arrested on May 28, Friday, and had his initial appearance in front of a judge Monday.