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Glendora man pleads guilty to felony charge in Capitol riot

A 21-year-old Glendora man pleaded guilty on Friday to criminal destruction of government property in connection with his involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising at the United States Capitol.

Hunter Ehmke was part of a large crowd that gathered around 2:15 p.m. 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 U.S. District Court in Washington, an officer in riot gear trying to hold back the crowd saw Ehmke calling others to a window.

The officer shouted for backup and ordered the crowd back, according to the complaint.

The officer saw Ehmke banging on the window and ran towards him, yelling at him to get away, according to the complaint. He used a shield to hit Ehmke in the lower torso and upper left leg to push him down.

Ehmke fell after the officer shoved him with the shield a second time, according to the complaint.

Officers pulled over Ehmke and obtained his driver’s license, but an aggressive mob formed around them, according to the complaint. They tried to call a backup but failed.

An unidentified person in the crowd threatened the officers, saying, “You’re not going with him,” according to the complaint.

Outnumbered, officers decided to let Ehmke go after taking photos of him and the damaged window, according to the complaint. They also kept his driver’s license and told him they would apply for an arrest warrant.

Prosecutors say Ehmke kicked three lower panes and struck two others, causing $2,821 in damage.

He was arrested on January 13, 2021 at his family’s home and is expected to be sentenced on May 11, prosecutors said.

Los Angeles Times

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