2 Capitol Riot Defendants Wanted by FBI After Disappearance
The FBI is searching for a Florida woman who is scheduled to appear in court Monday on charges related to the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, as well as another riot suspect who is missing.
A federal judge in Washington has issued arrest warrants for Olivia Pollock and Joseph Hutchinson III, after they told the court they tampered with or removed the monitors tracking their location, according to Joe Boland, a supervising special agent at the FBI’s office in Lakeland, Florida. .
Boland said the FBI recovered one of the defendants’ ankle monitors after they removed them, but declined to say whether it belonged to Pollock or Hutchinson. As of Monday afternoon, the FBI had not located any of them, he said.
Olivia Pollock of Lakeland is the sister of Jonathan Pollock, another defendant in the Jan. 6 case, who has been on the loose for months. The FBI has offered a reward of up to $30,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a brother accused of assaulting several police officers during the riot.
Olivia Pollock and Joseph Hutchinson were arrested in 2021 and charged in a five-count indictment with assaulting law enforcement and other crimes. Hutchinson is representing himself in court and an attorney assigned to assist him declined to comment Monday.
Olivia Pollock’s attorney, Elita Amato, said Monday that her client was “enthusiastically assisting in her defense in her upcoming trial before she disappeared.”
Authorities urged anyone with information about their whereabouts to contact the FBI.
Olivia Pollock, who was wearing a ballistic vest during the disturbance, is accused of elbowing an officer in the chest and attempting to wrestle the baton from the officer during the fight. Jonathan Pollock is accused of putting a riot shield in the officer’s face and throat, knocking the officer down and punching others.
Hutchinson punched one officer and grabbed another by the sleeve before knocking down a barricade that allowed other rioters to flood police trying to protect the Capitol, throwing the officer out of the way, authorities said.
Hutchinson, who now lives in Georgia, was scheduled to go on trial in August. A judge on Monday adjourned Olivia Pollock’s trial until August.
Also on Monday, a Colorado man pleaded guilty to using a chemical spray to attack police officers who were trying to contain the crowd.
Robert Gieswein, of Woodland Park, Colorado, is scheduled to be sentenced on June 9. A presumptive sentence for Giswein is recommended for three years and five months to four years and three months in prison, depending on his plea agreement.
Giswain wore a helmet, armor and goggles and carried a baseball bat when he stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. He walked from the Washington Monument to the building with members of the far-right extremist group Proud Boys.
Giswine repeatedly sprayed officers with “irritant spray,” pushed against police lines, and was one of the first rioters to enter the Capitol, according to his guilty plea.
Federal authorities said Giswine appeared to be a supporter of the Three Percent militia movement and led a private paramilitary training group known as the Woodland Wild Dogs.
Michael Kunzelman of The Associated Press in Washington contributed to this report.
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