A federal grand jury upgraded charges against the U.S. Capitol rioter who was seen chasing Officer Eugene Goodman during the deadly insurrection on Jan. 6.
Douglas Jensen is now facing several charges for his involvement in the riots, including assaulting, resisting or impeding officers, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, civil disorder and entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a dangerous weapon. He allegedly brought a knife with him into the Capitol.
Video footage captured Jensen leading the angry mob while wearing a QAnon T-shirt as Officer Goodman tried to divert them away from the doors of the Senate chamber — where lawmakers were hiding.
According to the FBI, Jensen claims he turned himself in to the Des Moines Police Department last month because he felt like he was in trouble. During his interview with authorities, the rioter “specifically admitted chasing the Capitol Police officer up the stairs, and that he refused to obey the officer’s lawful orders.”
Jensen also said that he “intentionally positioned himself to be among the first people inside the United States Capitol because he was wearing his ‘Q’ T-shirt and he wanted to have his T-shirt seen on video so that ‘Q’ could ‘get the credit.’”
Goodman has since been praised for his heroic actions during the insurrection. He saved the lives of so many Congressmembers with his swift thinking. Last week, newly released security footage showed the officer running as the violent mob started to enter the U.S. Capitol. He ran past Sen. Mitt Romney and redirected him from the rioters’ path, ultimately saving his life.
On Feb. 12, the Senate passed a bill to award Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal for his actions. Jensen is still in custody and is awaiting trial, which is set to begin on Feb. 23 in Washington D.C.