Jay Johnston, an actor recognized for his roles in popular TV shows such as “Bob’s Burgers” and “Arrested Development,” has been indicted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for his alleged involvement in the assault on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Based on the charging documents, Johnston participated in the notorious tunnel attack, which was one of the most violent encounters with law enforcement that day. He reportedly utilized a stolen police riot shield during a brutal assault on the officers stationed at the Lower West Terrace tunnel entrance to the Capitol, forcefully pushing against the police line.
Court documents reveal that on the same day, Johnston sent a text message stating that the Capitol incident wasn’t initially intended as an attack but ended up turning into one, describing it as “untastic.”
“The news portrayed it as an attack. It wasn’t intended that way. Though it ended up becoming one. It was chaotic. I got maced and tear-gassed, and I found it rather unpleasant,” read the alleged text message sent by Johnston to a former associate who assisted in identifying photos of Johnston from that day.
The charges against Johnston include interfering with law enforcement officers, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted area, and impeding passage through Capitol grounds, as stated by the Justice Department.