A grand jury approved six federal charges Tuesday against accused Capitol Hill rioter Doug Jensen of Des Moines.
Jensen attended his initial appearance at the federal courthouse in Des Moines via videoconference from the Polk County Jail, where he will remain quarantined until Jan. 26. His next hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. Jan. 19.
Jensen, 41, appears in numerous photos and videos taken during the Jan. 6 riot that swept through the U.S. Capitol, which resulted in five deaths and forced lawmakers and others to evacuate the buiding. He was taken into custody after returning to Des Moines and booked into the Polk County jail early Saturday morning.
Jensen’s charges include:
- Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority.
- Disrupting the orderly conduct of government business.
- Violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building.
- Parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.
- Obstructing a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder.
- Assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers or employees.
Jensen is among nearly 100 people around the country who have been arrested and charged in relation to the Capitol riot. Many currently face lesser charges such as unlawful entry, although legal experts caution that more charges could be forthcoming as prosecutors present evidence to grand juries.
Images from the riot, including some apparently tweeted by Jensen himself, show him confronting law enforcement officers in the building while wearing a shirt referring to the QAnon conspiracy theory. One video, tweeted by HuffPost politics reporter Igor Bobic, shows Jensen at the head of a crowd pursuing a lone Capitol Police officer up a staircase, passing a few feet from an unsecured door leading into the Senate chamber.
Jensen did not speak during Tuesday’s hearing other than “yes” and “no” acknowledgments to the judge.
His brother, William Routh, 54, of Clarksville, Arkansas, previously told The Associated Press that Jensen claimed he was allowed into the building by police and said the video on the staircase had been staged. He also said his brother had been strongly influenced by online presences such as QAnon “that confused or obscured his views on certain things.”
According to charging documents, Jensen turned himself into Des Moines police on Friday, saying he thought he was in trouble. In a subsequent interview with FBI and Des Moines investigators, he admitted to being the person appearing in videos from the riot, and that he had chased the officer up the stairs and refused to obey the officer’s instructions.
“Jensen stated 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,'” according to a statement of facts filed Monday by FBI investigators.
Jensen was represented Tuesday by attorneys from the Federal Public Defenders Office. He has asked the court to appoint a defense attorney.
William Morris covers courts for the Des Moines Register. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-573-8166 or on Twitter at @DMRMorris.