The Justice Department charged a former FBI agent on Wednesday for unlawfully entering the U.S. Capitol for nine minutes and three other misdemeanor counts after allegedly threatening police during the riot on January 6, 2021, according to court documents.
Jared Wise, 50, who worked in the bureau from 2004 to 2017, was arrested on Monday for allegedly entering the Capitol after a mob breached the federal building where members of Congress were counting Electoral College votes to certify the 2020 presidential election.
According to court documents, video surveillance shows Wise entered the Capitol around 2:23 p.m. through the Senate wing door. Once inside, the former federal agent “clapped his hands and raised his arms in triumph” until he continued through the crypt and past the Memorial Door, FBI testimony says. He eventually exited through a window near the Senate wing at approximately 2:32 p.m., court documents say.
Less than two hours later, Capitol Police body-worn cameras captured footage showing Wise allegedly threatening authorities as some members of the crowd clashed with law enforcement.
“You guys are disgusting,” Wise said, according to court documents. “I’m former — I’m former law enforcement. You’re disgusting. You are the Nazi. You are the Gestapo. You can’t see it. . . . Shame on you! Shame on you! Shame on you!”
Court documents allege Wise then began turning toward the direction of officers knocked to the ground, instigating violence among the crowd.
“Yeah, f*** them! Yeah, kill ‘em!” Wise allegedly said.
Attorneys for Wise have not made public comments. The defendant has not made a plea yet.
Wise made his initial court appearance Monday in U.S. District Court in Oregon. Authorities released the former FBI agent pending a trial, which authorities moved to federal court in Washington, D.C., where he is scheduled to appear on May 9.
FBI Special Agent Jessica Stone said in court documents that authorities received an anonymous tip more than a year after the riot claiming Wise had entered the Capitol. Through a court-ordered search warrant, Stone said the bureau obtained Wise’s cell phone records from AT&T for cell towers providing service to the United States Capitol.
In November 2022, federal authorities traveled to New Braunfels, Texas, where Wise previously resided. Authorities interviewed the manager of the building he lived in until June 2022, who told investigators Wise left a forwarding address in Bend, Oregon.
Wise joins a list of at least 19 active and former members of law enforcement, including an ex-Drug Enforcement Agent, a former NYPD officer, and two off-duty Virginia police officers, who face changes related to the Capitol riot, according to reports.