Broadway Performer Arrested Over Capitol Riot [VIDEO]

From the Department of Justice:

A Florida man, an affiliate of the Oath Keepers, was arrested today on charges related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes related to the presidential election.

James Beeks, 49, of Orlando, is charged with obstruction of Congress, a felony, and a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds. He was arrested this afternoon in Milwaukee and made his initial appearance in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. He was released pending further court proceedings.

According to court documents, Beeks joined with others to forcibly enter the Capitol on Jan. 6 and obstruct the Congressional proceeding occurring that day.

At about 2:30 p.m., a group of Oath Keeper members and affiliates marched in “stack” formation into the Capitol grounds and then up the east steps of the Capitol to the area outside of the Rotunda doors.

Beeks was part of a mob of people, including some who attacked law enforcement. At 2:38 pm., the doors were breached, and the group stormed into the Capitol. Once inside the Capitol, the group split up.

Half of them, including Beeks, tried to push their way through a line of law enforcement officers guarding a hallway that led to the Senate chamber. Law enforcement forcibly repelled their advance. Beeks and others with him regrouped in the Rotunda and then left the building at approximately 3:04 p.m.

Prior to the confrontation, Beeks joined with a group of Oath Keepers while walking from the Ellipse to the Capitol.

Unlike the camouflage-combat attire of many individuals in the group, he was wearing a Michael Jackson “BAD” world tour jacket and a black helmet, and he was carrying what appeared to be a homemade black shield.

Politico reports:

Beeks, 49, who goes by the stage name James T. Justis, was still performing as of this month before his arrest Tuesday. Federal investigators “observed” two of his November shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Beeks’ involvement is an odd twist in an sprawling case against the anti-government extremist group. “Beeks has an additional connection to Michael Jackson: According to his LinkedIn profile and YouTube page, Beeks regularly performs as a Michael Jackson impersonator,” the FBI noted.

The FBI said Beeks changed his phone number the day after an initial indictment against members of the Oath Keepers in February. They observed Beeks at the airport on Nov. 15 traveling from Los Angeles to Orlando. “Given that the next Jesus Christ Superstar production begins on November 23, 2021, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,” the agent wrote, “law enforcement assesses that Beeks will likely fly from Orlando to Milwaukee within the next several days.”