PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A man was arrested in Phoenix on Tuesday in connection to the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
According to the federal complaint, FBI officials say that Micajah Joel Jackson was among the crowds of former President Donald Trump supporters and 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.
A special agent for the FBI stated members of the public notified authorities that a person who allegedly participated in storming the Capitol building had posted videos of their activities to Instagram. The videos appeared to have been taken by someone, later identified by officials as Jackson, who breached the building after the crowd smashed windows and doors to get inside. Authorities pieced together photos taken by Jackson on social media wearing distinctive clothing in a hotel room on the morning of Jan. 6 and compared them to the multiple videos on social media reportedly showing Jackson participating in the march to the Capitol alongside members of the Proud Boys chapter from Arizona, chanting outside the building with the crowds, and finally videos and photos showing Jackson inside.
FBI agents reviewed CCTV footage from inside the Capitol building at the same time that Jackson posted photos and videos to his social media accounts. Jackson was taking a video with his cellphone or streaming video while inside, officials claim. Court documents compared screenshots, matching the CCTV footage with the video uploaded to Jackson's social media accounts. According to the FBI, Jackson eventually left the Capitol later on publicly available photos and videos on the Central East Stairs of the Capitol and in the Eastern Plaza.
On March 24, FBI agents went to Jackson's home and interviewed him about his participation in the U.S Capitol riots. Jackson reportedly said he knowingly entered and stayed inside the U.S. Capitol and did so without permission. Jackson also confirmed the Instagram accounts brought to the attention of the FBI as his. Jackson said he went to D.C. along to attend the rally scheduled that day and said the orange band on his arm was given to him by the Proud Boys of Arizona. Jackson claimed he did not know of and wasn't associated with the Proud Boys before Jan. 6 and only met up with them because he wanted to meet up with other people from Arizona.
Jackson self-surrendered on Tuesday and was arrested in Phoenix. Jackson faces charges for knowingly entering/remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority to do so and knowingly with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of government business within a restricted building, and willfully and knowingly utter loud, threatening, or abusive language, or engage in disorderly or disruptive conduct at any place in the grounds of any of the Capitol buildings.