Upstate man first arrested for assaulting media in US Capitol violation
Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced that a man from lower Auburn state is the first to be arrested for assaulting a member of the media in the Jan.6 U.S. Capitol violation that disrupted voting of the Electoral College.
Shane Jason Woods, 43, is also accused of assaulting a US Capitol policeman who was pursuing another individual who sprayed police with bear mace. And a month before the breach, he reportedly wrote a scary post about the 2020 election results to someone who told him on Facebook, “I want to see all these hats in jail too.”
“Hung”, Woods reportedly replied on December 1.
Woods is now charged with Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Assault in Special Maritime and Territorial Jurisdiction, and Physical Violence in a Building or Restricted Land. He is at least the 11th person from Illinois to be charged in connection with the U.S. Capitol riot, and he was scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon.
A 29-page criminal complaint alleges that Woods is the owner of Auburn Heating and Air. He also reveals that two people identified Woods for the FBI. One of them taught at a college Woods attended in the early 2000s and contacted the federal government. The other person was one of his clients.
Attempts made Thursday afternoon to reach Woods or a representative from Auburn Heating and Air were not immediately successful.
Authorities have determined that Woods was a man seen on video at the United States Capitol on January 6 wearing a black North Face jacket, Under Armor backpack, and a predominantly black baseball cap with a starry edge and “Trump” written on the front.
Officers were trying to contain a large crowd of protesters in the northwest corner of the U.S. Capitol at around 2:10 p.m. that day, according to the complaint. When they tried to stop a troubled protester, someone sprayed the police with bears.
An officer attempted to run after the person who sprayed the mace, although much of his visor was covered with it, authorities said. That’s when Woods would be seen in a video running towards the officer, tripping her and pushing her to the ground.
The officer fell, lost his helmet and was surrounded by protesters until another officer could help him, authorities said.
Later, around 5 p.m., authorities said several protesters gathered around a media staging area on the northeast side of the U.S. Capitol and began destroying equipment. Woods was reportedly seen in video climbing over an overturned fence to help attack media equipment, picking up and throwing a part.
Authorities said Woods was also filmed meeting and attacking a cameraman in front of him, “leaving quickly” after doing so.
Investigators followed several charges against the checking account of a small Auburn heating and air conditioning company around Washington between Jan. 5 and 7, according to the complaint. They included purchases at Taco Bell and on the Washington, DC subway system, as well as the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel.