Shane Jason Woods becomes the 500th arrested, and the first accused of assaulting a member of the media, according to law enforcement.
An Illinois man became the first person accused of attacking journalists during the Assault on January 6 at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, marking a total of 500 people arrested in connection with the riot.
Shane Jason Woods, 43, of Auburn, Illinois, also known as Shane Castleman, was also charged with crimes such as assaulting police and physical violence in a restricted building, the U.S. Department of Justice announced .
Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday announced the arrest in a statement, noting that the department has now arrested 500 people who participated in the violence.
“We have now crossed the threshold of 500 arrests, including the 100th arrest of a defendant accused of assaulting a federal police officer, “Garland said.
“This morning we arrested our first defendant on charges that include assaulting a member of the media.”
Five people died after the riot, including one Capitol police officer.
“The Department of Justice will continue to follow the facts in this case and load what the evidence supports to hold all the perpetrators accountable on Jan. 6,” Garland said.
According to court documents, Woods was videotaped with a Trump baseball cap and Trump mask while walking through a area restricted to the Capitol, and assaulting a U.S. Capitol police officer, causing her to stumble and fall to the ground.
Woods was also allegedly captured on camera aimed at journalists filming the attack on the Capitol and was among a larger crowd of people who “shouted inflammatory rhetoric” against the media.
In a video, the FBI said, Woods can be seen “walking close to a cameraman dressed in blue jeans and a blue jacket” and then facing the ground.
“The way he attacked the camera was very similar to the attack” against the U.S. Capitol police officer, according to the complaint.
Riot police stormed the Capitol to prevent a joint session of Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s election victory in the hope that Trump will continue as commander-in-chief.