Rioter Charged With Assaulting Cops Dies Before Trial

First, a February report on his arrest:

New photos and documents have been released in the case against a St. Augustine man who has been charged in relation to storming the U.S. Capitol back in January.

According to the indictment document, John Anderson, age 61, was charged with multiple crimes including theft of government property, entering and remaining in a restricted building or ground, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building and more.

The indictment says video footage and photo evidence suggest that Anderson was involved in an incident in which he breached an entryway, took a police shield and then was pepper-sprayed. After being sprayed, Anderson reportedly requested emergency services and was escorted out because of asthma issues.

Washington DC’s CBS News affiliate reports:

A St. Augustine man charged with assaulting police in the Capitol tunnel on January 6 has died while awaiting trial, his attorney said in court Friday morning.

John Steven Anderson, 61, died Tuesday at Baptist Hospital South in Jacksonville, Florida, according to an obituary published by the St. John’s Family Funeral Home.

Anderson was arrested in February and indicted a month later on eight counts in connection with the January 6 Capitol riot. Those counts included civil disorder, assaulting police, theft of government property and entering a restricted building or grounds.