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Five men charged in attacking police during Capitol siege

Capitol Hill police salute the passing of the funeral hearse on Sunday for slain Officer Brian Sicknick, who died in the rioting at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Federal authorities brought charges against five men Tuesday in an unsealed superseding indictment naming seven people involved in attacking police officers protecting the Capitol building on Jan. 6.

Logan James Barnhart, 40, of Lansing, Mich., and Ronald Colton McAbee, 27, of Unionville, Tenn., were separately arrested Tuesday and charged with a slew of federal offenses, including assaulting officers using a deadly weapon, inflicting bodily injury and aiding and abetting, among others, the indictment said.

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The 22-count superseding indictment does not detail the actions behind the offenses but does state Barnhart was charged with using a deadly weapon and McAbee was charged with forcible assault of an officer resulting in bodily injury.

They both made their initial court appearances on Tuesday, the Justice Department said in a release.

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The superseding indictment also named Jeffrey Sabol, Peter Francis Stager, Michael John Lopatic Sr., Clayton Ray Mullins and Jack Wade Whitton with Sabol, Lopatic and Whitton being charged with further offenses.

According to the indictment charging the five men, they have been accused of assaulting members of law enforcement, including a Metropolitan Police Department officer identified as "B.M." who was attacked with "a baton, flag pole and crutch."

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In a January statement of facts concerning the case against Sabol, prosecutors said B.M. was standing in an archway of an interior tunnel to the Capitol when he was grabbed and dragged down the stairs of the building.

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"These individuals forced B.M. into a prone position on the stairs and proceeded to forcibly and repeatedly strike B.M. in the head and body with various objects," it said.

The Justice Department has arrested more than 570 people in connection to the siege of the Capitol building by supporters of then-President Donald Trump in an effect to stop the certification of Joe Biden's election win.

Of those arrested, more than 170 have been charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement.

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Federal authorities continue to those who participated in the attack and they released on Tuesday additional photos of those they seek to identify.

"The FBI needs help identifying people in the January 6th riots at the capital," the FBI said via Twitter.

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