Two Central Indiana men plead not guilty to federal charges in Capitol insurrection
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Update: Israel Tutrow and Joshua Wagner pleaded not guilty to the federal charges against them related to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
The Central Indiana men received their formal charges Monday in an arraignment hearing. The charges include knowingly entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings and “parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol buildings.”
Both are due back in court via video on July 1 for a status conference.
Original story: Two Central Indiana men are facing federal charges in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building, documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia show.
Joshua Wagner of Greenwood and Israel Tutrow of Greenfield have been charged with knowingly entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings and “parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol buildings.”
Wagner turned himself in to law enforcement around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Indianapolis FBI spokeswoman Chris Bavender. He was being held in Marion County jail.
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Tutrow was taken into custody late Wednesday morning.
According to a statement of fact by an FBI agent involved in the case, photographs show both Wagner and Tutrow inside the Capitol on Jan. 6. In one image, Wagner is seen wearing glasses and a red beanie hat with “TRUMP” written on it in white lettering.
Another image shows a man with facial hair and facial tattoos, identified as Tutrow, exiting the Capitol while wearing a black beanie hat with “TRUMP,” also written in white. The court records allege video footage “shows Tutrow moving from inside to outside the U.S. Capitol.”
Investigators in the filing said a witness who knows the two men told them Wagner picked Tutrow up around 2 a.m. Jan. 6 “with the intent to drive from Indiana, where both reside, to go to Washington, D.C., to participate in the rally for President (Donald) Trump that same day.”
The witness said they had been in communication with the men throughout the day and indicated both were worried after the events at the Capitol. The witness said Tutrow was “sick with anxiety following the riot” and Wagner was “very scared and worried” after he was featured on an FBI poster as Photograph #34.
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Three days after the riot, Wagner identified himself to law enforcement as the man featured on the FBI poster, records show.
“During the course of the investigation, law enforcement received additional information confirming this self-identification and identifying Tutrow as the individual in Figure 2 and Wagner’s associate,” the court filing says.
The two men aren’t the only Hoosiers facing charges stemming from the Capitol riots.
Earlier in the month, Jon Ryan Schaffer, a native of Central Indiana and founder of the band Iced Earth, was accused of using “bear spray,” a pepper-based irritant sold by many outdoor retailers, on police officers as rioters forced their way into the Capitol.
He faces six charges, including engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building, according to the FBI.
IndyStar reporter Sarah Nelson contributed.
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