PORTLAND, Ore. — A 62-year-old Hillsboro man faces charges in federal court for allegedly assaulting police officers during the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., according to federal prosecutors.
Reed Knox Christensen was charged and arrested earlier this month for federal offenses that include "forcibly assaulting, resisting, impeding or interfering with law enforcement; engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building; and entering or remaining on restricted grounds without lawful authority," the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon said in a statement.
According to court documents, Christensen was on the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol grounds where officers from U.S. Capitol Police were holding a cordon around the building. Body cam and security footage showed Christensen hitting and pushing officers, as well as beginning the "aggressive" removal of metal bike racks that were set up as barriers.
Around 2:20 p.m. on January 6, the court documents say, Christensen tried to breach the barrier when a Metropolitan Police officer sprayed him with pepper spray. Christensen continued charging through the perimeter, hitting a Capitol Police officer with his fists.
Christensen made his first appearance in federal court on Monday afternoon.
The FBI listed photos and video of Christensen as "BOLO #191" in their campaign to track down rioters. Prosecutors say that Christensen was one of 10 assaults featured in FBI videos released in March, and the first to be arrested.
Within 100 days of the January 6 insurrection, authorities have arrested and charged over 400 people for crimes related to the breach 1 more than 100 for alleged assault or impeding law enforcement.