On Friday, a 21-year-old Glendora man pleaded guilty to felony damage to government property in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, Hunter Emke was part of a large crowd that gathered outside the gates of the Rotunda on the east side of the Capitol at about 2:15 p.m. that day.
A police officer in riot gear tried to stop a crowd, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Washington See Ehmke summoning others to the window.
The officer shouted for help and ordered the crowd to return, the complaint said.
The complaint alleges that the officer saw Ehmke open the window and ran to him, yelling for him to leave. He hit Emke in the lower body and upper left leg with his shield, knocking him to the ground.
The complaint alleges that Emke fell after the officer pushed him with a shield a second time.
Police detained Ehmke and obtained his driver’s license, but an aggressive crowd formed around them, the complaint said. They tried to call backup but were unsuccessful.
The complaint alleges that an unidentified person in the crowd threatened police with “you’re not going to leave with him”.
Outnumbered, police decided to let Ehmke go after photographing him and the damaged window, the complaint said. They also kept his driver’s license and told him they would seek a warrant.
Ehmke kicked three lower panes and two more, causing $2,821 in damages, according to prosecutors.
He was arrested at his home on January 13, 2021, and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 11, prosecutors said.