Active-Duty Marine Corps Major Charged In Capital Insurrection

WASHINGTON – An active-duty officer in the U.S. Marine Corps has been arrested and charged for allegedly assaulting a federal law enforcement officer, and obstruction of justice among other charges during the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters.


Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 – Domestic terrorists 'storming' the U.S. Capitol. (Photo/Julian Leshay)



Maj. Christopher Warnagiris, 40, of Woodbridg was arrested Thursday in Virginia and charged with five counts, including assaulting or impeding an officer, obstruction and unlawful entry.

According to an FBI document filed in federal court,security camera footage from the Capitol on Jan. 6 shows Warnagiris forcing his way through East Rotunda doors.



Security camera footage of

Warnagiris via DOJ court documents



Warnagiris then allegedly tried to prevent U.S. Capitol Police officer (USCP) from shutting the doors and at one point pushed the officer who was trying to secure the entrance.

The FBI received a tip from the public in March that helped identify Warnagiris, according to court papers. Agents followed up on the information by obtaining two government photographs of Warnagiris and then interviewing a co-worker at his military command, who identified him in photographs from the Capitol.



Security camera footage of

Warnagiris via DOJ court documents



Warnagiris made his initial appearance Thursday in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia. The government did not seek his detention.


Approximately 440 individuals have been charged so far in connection to the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, including 40 military veterans, oath keepers, and a handful of guard members and reservists.




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