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  • Charged

Geoffrey SillsLast Updated: May 26, 2022

Location

Mechanicsville, Virginia

Insurrection Related Information

  • Present at Capitol on 1/6

Litigation Details

  • Arrested in Mechanicsville, Virginia

Executive Summary

According to court documents, Sills was on the lower west terrace of the Capitol on Jan. 6 where he was seen on U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) surveillance, videos posted online, and body-worn camera (BWC) footage repeatedly assaulting multiple law enforcement officers.

As depicted in the footage, Sills threw multiple objects, including pole-like objects, at law enforcement officers around 2:30 p.m., as the officers retreated and the crowd advanced forward. USCP surveillance footage then captured Sills in one of the first groups of rioters entering the tunnel around 2:41 p.m, while holding his phone up as if it were recording. The same activity is captured in video footage posted to the defendant’s Instagram account. As alleged, Sills continued to record while the crowd moved forward in the tunnel. While inside, he repeatedly struck multiple police officers with an extended baton while using a strobe light, apparently to try to disorient the officers. At various times, Sills was pushed toward the back of the crowd and repeatedly made his way forward toward the front of the police line. At approximately 3 p.m., Sills turned around and left the tunnel, walked into the crowd and lifted the baton over his head.

Litigation Details

DOJ Case Number:

1:21-cr-40

Charges

  • Assaulting, Resisting, Impeding Certain Officers/Employees
  • Tampering with a Witness, victim or Informant
  • Civil Disorder
  • Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds with a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon
  • Engaging in Physical Violence in a Restricted Building or Grounds with a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon
  • Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
  • Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds

Timeline of Litigation

  • Arrested

    Mechanicsville, Virginia | June 18, 2021
  • Charged

    June 16, 2021 "Charged via third superseding indictment 6/16."

Press Coverage

  • Virginia Man Arrested for Assault on Law Enforcement During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

    Published on June 25, 2021 Read at US DOJ

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