Two men were arrested for allegedly assaulting a Capitol Police officer, who later died from the injuries incurred during the riots on January 6th in Washington, D.C.
According to the complaint, the men were seen on video on the Capitol's lower west terrace while insurrectionists were storming the Capitol building. One apparently told the other, "give me that bear s*it" before spraying bear spray on Officer Brian Sicknick. Sicknick, 42, who had been a National Guard staff sergeant in NJ, collapsed and succumbed to his injuries at a hospital the following day.
Julian Elie Khater, 32, who lives in State College, Pennsylvania, was arrested at Newark Airport on Sunday, while George Pierre Tanios, 39, was arrested at his home in Morgantown, West Virginia. They were each charged with conspiring to injure officers; assaulting a federal officer with a dangerous weapon; civil disorder; obstructing or impeding an official processing; physical violence on restricted grounds while carrying dangerous weapon and resulting in significant bodily injury; and violent entry and disorderly conduct.
The Washington Post first reported on Khater's and Tanios's arrests and said the men grew up with each other in New Jersey. Tanios’s sister in New Jersey to the paper that he "was arrested for something he didn’t do. He didn’t do it. He would never do that."
Investigators are still awaiting autopsy results for Sicknick and will determine whether the bear spray contributed to his death. Prosecutors also claim that two other Capitol officers were sprayed with the irritant, during which time, the complaint states, "other rioters [were trying] forcibly remove bike rack barriers that were preventing the rioters from moving closer to the Capitol building."
Tipsters contacted the FBI about Khater and Tanios—a former coworker at a food establishment remembered Khater, while two tipster recognized Tanios because of the "Sandwich University" logo on his hooded sweatshirt, which he wears in a Facebook picture and was allegedly wearing at the Capitol on January 6th. One of the two Tanios tipsters said claimed he was in a legal dispute with Tanios because Tanios "reportedly embezzled $435,000 from their former business," according to the complaint.