Marine major charged with assaulting police officer during Capitol riot

The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, who identified Marine Maj. Christopher Warnagiris as #241 in their seeking information photos. Photo credit Department of Justice

An active-duty U.S. Marine Corps commissioned officer stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico was arrested Thursday in Virginia and charged with crimes related to the riot of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Maj. Christopher Warnagiris, 40, of Woodbridge, is charged with federal offenses that include assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers; obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder; and obstruction of justice, among other charges, according to a Department of Justice release.

According to court documents and security camera footage, Warnagiris violently entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, after pushing through a line of police officers guarding the East Rotunda doors.

Once inside, Warnagiris positioned himself in the corner of the doorway, using his body to keep the door open and pull others inside. When a U.S. Capitol Police officer tried to pull the doors shut, Warnagiris refused and continued pushing it open. Warnagiris can be seen pushing the officer in an effort to maintain his position in the open door in security camera footage captured shortly after 2:25 p.m.

In the first 120 days after Jan. 6, approximately 440 individuals have been arrested on charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, including over 125 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation is ongoing.

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