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Man arrested in Ashland, accused of pepper spraying officers during Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection

FILE - Rioters loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan....
FILE - Rioters loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. A new poll shows that a year after the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, only about 4 in 10 Republicans recall the attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump as very violent or extremely violent. A new poll shows that a year after the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, only about 4 in 10 Republicans recall the attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump as very violent or extremely violent. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)(Jose Luis Magana | AP)
Published: Mar. 17, 2022 at 10:41 AM CDT
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ASHLAND, WI -- A Wisconsin man was arrested in Ashland Wednesday after allegedly using pepper spray to assault law enforcement officers during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

According to the United States’ Attorney’s Office, Riley Kasper, 23, of Pulaski, has been charged in a criminal complaint filed in the District of Columbia.

He’s expected to make his first court appearance Thursday in the Western District of Wisconsin.

According to court documents, on Jan. 6, around 1:50 p.m., Kasper sprayed an aerosol canister of what is believed to be pepper spray toward law enforcement officers who were trying to secure the Capitol building and grounds while rioters breached the Capitol building.

That day, the U.S. Attorney’s Office alleges Kasper also communicated on social media with another individual, declaring, among other things, “I pepper sprayed 3 cops so bad they got undressed and went home,” and “As you can see in that video, it was my group that busted the first gate and kept chasing the cops down and pushing them back at the capitol.”

The next day, Kasper allegedly communicated with another individual on social media, saying, “You charge that line and start spraying they start running for cover like you’re coming at them with an ak” and “there is definitely something satisfying about pepper spraying cops in riot gear …”

Kasper was arrested in Ashland, but it’s unclear if he was residing there at the time of his arrested.

This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

In the 14 months since Jan. 6, more than 775 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 245 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement.

The investigation is still ongoing.

If you have tips connected to the insurrection, you can 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.

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