Seventh Michigan man charged in connection with US Capitol riot
A suburban Detroit man who climbed a wall at the U.S. Capitol became the seventh Michigan resident to be charged in the Jan. 6 riot.
Social media photos and an interview with MLive.com were part of the evidence against Jeramiah Caplinger, 25, of Taylor, according to a court filing in Washington. He was arrested Tuesday and released on bond.
Caplinger faces three charges, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.
Photos and video show Caplinger wearing a Donald Trump hat while making a risky climb up a Capitol wall. Inside, he carried a U.S. flag.
In February, Caplinger told MLive that he was inspired by Trump to travel to Washington and participate in the rally.
“I think it was a great stupid thing when it came to breaking and destroying things, sure. ... But I will not sit here and allow people to constantly demonize, patronize, criticize and try to ostracize Trump supporters for doing what they believe in,” he said.