IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The FBI says a right-wing conspiracy theorist from Iowa was among the first to break into the U.S. Capitol during last week’s deadly riots in which he chased and menaced a police officer.
Douglas A. Jensen surrendered to police in his hometown of Des Moines on Friday, two days after the Jan. 6 rampage in Washington, D.C., that left five people dead and disrupted U.S. democracy.
Jensen was caught on video chasing a Capitol police officer during last Wednesday's riots and faces several federal charges.
Investigators say Jensen told them he positioned himself to be among the leaders of the Capitol siege because he was wearing a T-shirt promoting QAnon, the apocalyptic conspiracy theory that he follows.
The FBI and Polk County Sheriff's Office say Jensen faces charges of blocking law enforcement during a riot. Other counts include unlawfully entering the the Capitol, disrupting government business, violent entry and parading in a capitol building.
Jensen has also been fired from his job.
The Associated Press and CNN contributed to this article.