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FBI Arrests Man With Owensboro Ties for Involvement in Capitol Riot

A man with ties to Owensboro was arrested on Thursday after the FBI says he "repeatedly maced officers" at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot.

Posted: Feb 5, 2021 10:22 AM
Updated: Feb 5, 2021 7:52 PM

According to a statement released by a Special Agent with the FBI, Peter Schwartz, a man with ties to the Owensboro area, was arrested on Thursday for his involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot on Capitol Hill.

The FBI agent's statement says the investigation into Schwartz's involvement in the riot began after an individual who is "personally acquainted" with Schwartz submitted a tip to the agency.

In the tip, the individual said that Schwartz was involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots after seeing a picture of Schwartz on the Capitol Building steps. The individual said that Schwartz was supposed to be at a rehabilitation facility in Owensboro, Kentucky, on Jan. 6.

After an extensive investigation by the FBI into Schwartz's identity, FBI agents in Kentucky interviewed an Owensboro Police Department Lieutenant to further confirm the identity of Schwartz.

The statement goes on to say that video shows Schwartz macing several different law enforcement officers with what appears to be Metropolitan Police Department issued MK-9 pepper spray, which is regularly carried and was carried by MPD officers on January
6, 2021.

According to the FBI, Schwartz was arrested in the Western District of Pennsylvania on Thursday is currently being charged with:

  • Forcibly Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding Certain Officers or Employees
  • Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
  • Violent Entry
  • Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds

You can view the Special Agent's statement below which contains additional information and images related to the FBI's investigation.

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