An Illinois man accused of grabbing a police officer’s baton and interfering with law enforcement during the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the US Capitol is facing felony and misdemeanor charges, they said. The prosecutors.
Tyng Jing Yang, 60, of Hoffman Estates, Ill., was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony interfering with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder, along with four related misdemeanors.
He entered the Capitol building illegally, posed for photos in the rotunda, and when law enforcement officers attempted to clear the area, “Yang forcibly interfered with those efforts and physically grabbed an officer’s baton,” according to court documents.
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Yang appeared in federal court in Chicago on Wednesday but was released pending his next court date, which will be a virtual hearing on November 29 in Washington, DC, according to a spokesman for Yang’s attorney, Craig Estes.
The judge also ordered Yang, who has dual Taiwanese and US citizenship, to hand over his Taiwanese passport, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The FBI tracked Yang using data from cellphones, toll booths and security cameras, according to court documents.
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More than 30 Illinois residents and nearly 900 people across the country have been arrested on charges stemming from the riots.
Earlier this month, another Chicago-area man pleaded guilty to assaulting a law enforcement officer in the Capitol riot.
James Robert Elliott of Aurora, a member of the far-right group Proud Boys, admitted to hitting an officer with a flagpole.
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A US Department of Justice press release said Elliott, 25, described his actions in subsequent text messages: “I punched 2 cops…never thought I’d say that lol.”