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Central Illinois couple charged in January 6th U.S. Capitol riot

A photo of the George Washington bust found near the Memorial Door inside the Capitol, was one of many social media postings connected to the couple found in the DOJ filing.

QUINCY – A local couple has been arrested in central Illinois and released on bond after being accused of being one of thousands who stormed the US Capitol Building January 6th.

Chicago Tribune writer Jason Meisner first broke the story, revealing Federal documents showing Jason and Christina Gerding of Quincy charged with entering a restricted building without authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct and Capitol grounds.

A photo found on Jason Gerding’s Twitter account posted January 6th was included in the Federal Court records. The photo, seen below, remained live on Gerding’s account as of Friday afternoon.

Department of Justice records shows several law enforcement agencies received numerous tips from the public, which lead to their identification. The FBI reviewed the Twitter account and included several “Q” conspiracy tweets coming from the account, included in the filing.

A photo of the George Washington bust found near the Memorial Door inside the Capitol, posted to a Facebook account with the name “Jason Gerding” [Photo: Department of Justice filing]

Since January 6th, federal prosecutors have charged at least 166 people for their roles in the Capitol riot, opening over 400 active investigations into possible criminal activity. They include veterans and active service men in the U.S. Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force.

Only two active service men have been charged.

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