ORLANDO, Fla. — The FBI on Tuesday revealed new allegations against a New York man arrested in Central Florida, saying Jonathan Joshua Munafo punched an officer twice in the head during the January attack on the U.S. Capitol.
What You Need To Know
- Jonathan Joshua Munafo was arrested Monday in Central Florida
- The FBI says Munafo punched an officer during the riot and also tried to smash a window with a flag pole
- The agency also says Munafo made 143 threatening calls to 911 the day before the riot
- READ THE DOCUMENTS: FBI document on Munafo investigation
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Jonathan Joshua Munafo of Albany, New York ranked among the top 10 most wanted suspects because of his alleged attack, captured on video, on a U.S. Capitol Police officer in the battle at the Lower West Terrace near a tunnel into the Capitol building.
The FBI initially identified Munafo as suspect No. 170.
After delivering head punches, the FBI says Munafo ripped the officer's riot shield out his hands, passing it to others who battled police from 2:36 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. on January 6 in an attempt to get inside the Capitol.
He joins more than 400 people, many supporters of former President Donald Trump, who have been charged in the siege at the U.S. Capitol. Officials say attackers were trying to overturn the election of Democrat Joe Biden.
Munafo, seen wearing a black hooded jacket in the attack, was dubbed #boyinthehood on some websites, the FBI revealed in a 10-page document Tuesday.
He also tried to smash a window at the Capitol with a flag pole, investigators said.
Munafo, 34, is being held as a federal inmate at the Orange County Jail. He's scheduled to make an initial appearance on his newly revealed charges at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the George C. Young Federal Courthouse Annex in Orlando.
His name was not listed under the Capitol Breach Cases on U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia’s website on Monday, the day of his local arrest. It was added to site Tuesday.
A tipster contacted the FBI on April 16, saying he knew Munafo for years. He identified Munafo as suspect No. 170.
Munafo was interviewed by a Manchester, New Hampshire television station in February 2020. He was wearing the same jacket he wore in the Capitol attack, the FBI said.
Federal prosecutors in the District of Columbia filed these charges against Munafo:
- Forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding or interfering with officer of the federal government
- Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority
- Engaging in disorderly conduct on restricted grounds with intent to disrupt official functions
- Engaging in an act of physical violence against person/property on restricted grounds and while using a dangerous weapon
Details of Munafo's arrest in the Middle District of Florida on Monday have not been disclosed.
Munafo also faces one charge of communicating a threat in interstate commerce in a case filed by prosecutors in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.
He is accused of making 143 threatening 911 calls under the Yankee Patriot alias on Jan. 5, the day before the attack on the U.S. Capitol, records show.
A federal complaint alleges Munafo mentioned the Insurrection Act in his 911 calls to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office in Battle Creek, Michigan.
An investigator listened to three hours of the recorded 911 calls. He called from a truck stop in Dunn, North Carolina, records say.
The complaint says Munafo told a 911 dispatcher that he knew where she lived and provided accurate information about her mortgage and tax obligations.
He is accused of telling the “dispatcher that he would maim her, kill her, and attack her family if she did not put a deputy or sergeant on the line,” a complaint says.
He tied up the 911 line for several hours.
“Munafo was evidently aware he was breaking the law, stating, ‘Each one of these calls are gonna be like a charge, right? I’ll never see a judge,’ ” a complaint says.
He is also accused of calling the emergency line for Massachusetts State Police in Newberry, Massachusetts about 21 times, using vulgar language and yelling at troopers, on September 22, 2020.
Federal officials say Munafo was upset about being accused of threatening to shoot another man at a highway rest stop near Salisbury, Massachusetts on September 12, 2020.
Investigators say a man in a car covered in stickers for then-President Donald Trump made the threat.
Police traced the vehicle’s plate to Munafo. Officers issued a summons for Munafo to appear in court. He didn’t show up, records say.
Investigators also searched his Google search history. He searched for “Calhoun sheriff Michigan” on January 5. He also searched for Freedom Plaza, site of pro-Trump demonstrations, in Washington, D.C. He also searched for several firearms and military surplus stores.
Agents said he also searched for Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Federal officials charged six people in October 2020 on charges of conspiring to kidnap Whitmer.
Munafo was not among the six charged.