WASHINGTON (WANE) — An Indiana couple was arrested Wednesday and charged for their involvement in the U.S. Capitol riots on Jan. 6, 2021., according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Arthur Reyher, 38, and Jessica Reyher, 38, of Brownsburg are each charged with civil disorder, a felony, and related misdemeanor offenses, in a criminal complaint filed in the District of Columbia.
The Reyhers were among the first of the rioters to enter the tunnel of the Lower West Terrace at the Capitol, and camera footage shows the couple “repeatedly engaging in the assault against law enforcement officers,” according to documents from the Department of Justice.
They first entered the tunnel around 2:43 p.m., participating three separate times in the collective pushes against police officers to try to gain access to the Capitol building.
At one point, Arthur Reyher held both his hands in the air and yelled “Our house,” along with other rioters, the documents said. Arthur Reyher was also recorded yelling to another rioter, “Don’t hit ’em! Keep your hands up and push!”
Just after 3 p.m., a chemical irritant was sprayed inside the tunnel, documents said. The Indiana couple covered their faces and left the tunnel, but stayed near the archway. Footage shows them outside the archway as other rioters told the crowd to pass stolen shields to the rioters inside the tunnel to make a “shield wall.”
While the Reyhers joined in the pushes to breach the Capitol, one police officer screamed in pain as the weight of the rioters’ pushes pinned him between a shield and a door, documents said.
On Jan. 8, 2021, the FBI received an anonymous online tip from someone who identified themselves as a Facebook friend of the Reyhers. The witness said they had seen Facebook posts about the Reyhers’ presence at the U.S. Capitol two days earlier.
On Jan. 20, 2021, officers interviewed Arthur Reyher, who confirmed he had been at the Capitol with Jessica Reyher. Arthur Reyher told officers he believed former president Donald Trump lost the election due to voter fraud.
The Reyhers are expected to appear in court Wednesday in the Southern District of Indiana.
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office and the FBI’s Washington Field Office.