Hollywood actor is last arrested in the January 6 Capitol storming

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Hollywood actor who appeared on TV shows such as “Arrested Development” and the hit cartoon “Bob’s Burgers,” was arrested on Wednesday for his role in the 6 January 2021, which sought to keep Donald Trump in the White House.

Jay Johnston, 54, became the latest of more than 1,000 people from nearly all 50 states to be criminally charged over the rampage that disrupted a joint session of Congress certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election .

A criminal complaint filed Monday in federal court in the District of Columbia accused Johnston of interfering with law enforcement officers during a civil disturbance; entering a building or restricted land, disorderly conduct and obstructing passage through Capitol grounds.

Johnston visited the FBI field office in Los Angeles, where he resides, on Wednesday, the US Department of Justice said in a statement.

According to an FBI affidavit, Johnston brandished a stolen United States Capitol Police riot shield as he joined other members of the crowd shoving their way into officers trying to stop the crowd from go through a tunnel that leads from an outdoor terrace to the Capitol building.

According to NBC News, Johnston was identified by amateur sleuths online who recognized him from still images released by the FBI seeking advice from the public in locating participants in the Jan. 6 uprising.

Trump had urged his supporters in a speech that day to “fight like hell” to disrupt Congress’ certification of the Electoral College’s vote in the 2020 election, a race the then-Republican incumbent falsely claimed claimed to have been stolen by massive fraud.

Johnston has appeared in dozens of films and television shows, often portraying law enforcement officers, including recurring cop roles in the comedies “The Sarah Silverman Program” and “Arrested Development.”

He was also the voice of Jimmy Pesto, a restaurant owner and rival to the main character in the Fox animated series “Bob’s Burgers.” He was banned from the show in 2021 after being identified as having participated in the Jan. 6 mob, according to the Daily Beast.

Representatives for the actor were not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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