A 21-year-old Glendora man pleaded guilty Friday to criminal destruction of state property in connection with his involvement in the January 6, 2021 uprising at the U.S. capital.
Hunter Ehmke was part of a large crowd that gathered around noon. 14.15 that day outside the Rotunda door on the east side of the Capitol building, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
According to a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, a riot police officer who tried to restrain the crowd saw Ehmke summon others against a window.
The officer shouted for backup and ordered the crowd to return, according to the complaint.
The officer saw Ehmke slam the window and ran towards him, shouting for him to get away, the complaint read. He used a shield to hit Ehmke in the lower body and upper left leg to push him down.
Ehmke fell after the officer pushed him with the shield a second time, the complaint reads.
The officers detained Ehmke and obtained his driving license, but an aggressive crowd formed around them, the complaint states. They tried to call for backup but failed.
An unidentified person in the crowd threatened the officers and said, “You are not leaving with him,” according to the complaint.
In the minority, the officers decided to let Ehmke go after they had taken pictures of him and the damaged window, the complaint read. They also kept his driver’s license and told him they would apply for an arrest warrant.
According to prosecutors, Ehmke kicked three bottom panes and struck two more, causing $ 2,821 in damage.
He was arrested on January 13, 2021 at his family’s home and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 11, prosecutors said.
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