An active-duty U.S. Marine Corps officer was arrested on Thursday for his alleged involvement in the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the Justice Department said.
Authorities identified Warnagiris through photographs and footage of the incident. A former coworker of Warnagiris initially recognized the 40-year-old through the FBI photos. Agents then confirmed his identity with a different coworker during an interview at Warnagiris's military command.
Warnagiris, who appeared before a court in the Eastern District of Virginia on Thursday, has been charged assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers. He has also been charged with one count of obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, one count of obstruction of Justice, one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building without lawful authority, and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
In a statement to media outlets, the Marine Corps confirmed that Warnagiris is an active-duty member who joined the Marines in 2002 and has been deployed at least four times.
The Marine Corps did not immediately respond to The Epoch Times' request for comment.
"This is right now a federal law enforcement matter. That process needs to continue. At this stage, it’s too early to speculate about any UCMJ actions that may or may not be taken. Right now, this is squarely in the Justice Department lane and we’re going to respect that," Kirby said.