Alleged Capitol Rioter Arrested After Stomach Tattoo Matches 2012 Arrest Booking Photo

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Alleged Capitol rioter filmed on Jan. 6 with ‘King James’ tattoo flashing has been arrested after inking a photo of a 2012 arrest booking

  • James Burton McGrew was identified by his belly tattoo of ‘King James’ when he lifted his shirt during the Jan. 6 Capitol riots
  • He had the same tattoo on a booking photo after an arrest in 2012, but the FBI didn’t say what he was arrested for or where in 2012
  • McGrew is accused of assaulting multiple officers during the riot
  • He was arrested in Arizona on Sunday

A suspected Capitol rioter was nailed after showing off a signature “King James” stomach tattoo that investigators were able to link to a previous arrest booking photo.

James Burton McGrew was identified thanks to the signature ink before being arrested at his Arizona home on Sunday, although court documents offer no further details about the 2012 arrest that saw the tattoo broken off by police.

The police bodycam footage caught the ink as McGrew lifted his white T-shirt to wipe his eyes, according to the FBI affidavit.

In the Capitol Rotunda, McGrew was reportedly seen on multiple videos “beating a law enforcement officer” after pushing him and other rioters back, according to the affidavit.

McGrew withdrew, but “within seconds” disobeyed police orders and jumped on an officer, according to the affidavit of the arrest.

The tattoo seen during the January 6 Capitol uprising

Tattoo from 2012 booking photo

McGrew was identified by his ‘King James’ tattoo on his stomach, which was seen in a 2012 booking photo after he was arrested on undisclosed charges

McGrew is accused of beating up law enforcement officers during the Jan. 6 Capitol storming in FBI affidavit, pictured here

McGrew is accused of beating up law enforcement officers during the Jan. 6 Capitol storming in FBI affidavit, pictured here

McGrew is said to have yelled at the officers,

McGrew is said to have yelled at the officers, “You’re leaving. You’re going. This is our house’

“At one point, as McGrew kept yelling at law enforcement officers, a law enforcement officer calmly said to McGrew, ‘Just get out, just get out, man, come on.’ McGrew yelled back, “You’re leaving. You’re leaving. This is our home,” the affidavit said.

Law enforcement officers again tried to move the rioters toward the door, using their batons to push the rioters back and repeatedly saying, ‘Go back.’ While the law enforcement officers brought McGrew back, McGrew stopped another law enforcement officer.”

He then allegedly tried to grab the officer’s baton.

McGrew is charged with trespassing without lawful authority, obstructing government activities, committing violence in restricted areas and obstructing law enforcement.

More than 425 people accused of storming the Capitol have been arrested so far, according to the FBI. About 90 are charged with violent crimes.

McGrew, seen here outside the Capitol, was charged with trespassing without lawful authority, obstructing government affairs, committing violence in restricted areas, and obstructing law enforcement

McGrew, seen here outside the Capitol, was charged with trespassing without lawful authority, obstructing government affairs, committing violence in restricted areas, and obstructing law enforcement

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