A Cookeville man arrested Tuesday is the 11th person with Tennessee ties linked to the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Michael Timbrook, 56, was arrested Tuesday morning by FBI agents on five misdemeanor charges relating to the Washington D.C. riot, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nashville.
He participated as “an act of patriotism,” court documents show.
On Tuesday afternoon, Timbrook appeared via video conference for an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alistair Newbern in Nashville.
Investigators identified Timbrook in videos and four photographs which showed a person depicted as a white male wearing an orange beanie and black leather jacket inside the Capital, charging documents show
According to information from the hearing, on Feb, 9, the officer interviewed a tipster regarding the photos who said Timbrook had been at the capital during the riot. The tipster also identified Timbrook as the man in the photos.
When FBI agents visited Timbrook, he told them he was “Ready to take the penalty for what he did on Jan. 6.” He also admitted to agents he was the person in the photograph, court documents show.
Timbrook told agents he traveled to Washington D.C. the day before the riot and the next day, walked toward a crowd of people gathered outside the Capitol, the documents continue.
As he approached the Capitol, the complaint continues, he and several other people were pepper sprayed. He told them he then continued toward the capital, followed the crowd upstairs, walked up a ramp and entered the Capitol.
He then went upstairs and went inside, documents continue. Shortly after, he walked out then left DC in his truck.
“Sorry friends and family I guess you all hate me now,” charging documents show he posted on social media, calling his actions “an act of patriotism.” “I’m proud of everyone who went in there, even the 30 or so rowdy ones… I’m going to tell my story.”
Timbrook was released under supervisory conditions Tuesday afternoon after appearing in Middle Tennessee District Court. Conditions include he must submit to a DNA test, no violate any laws and not travel to D.C. except for issues related directly to his case.
He faces five misdemeanor counts:
- Knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, for which the maximum term in prison is one year, the maximum fine is $250,000;
- Disruption of official business, maximum prison term of six months, maximum fine of $5,000;
- Disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, maximum prison term of one year, maximum fine of $250,000;
- Parading, demonstrating or picketing in a capitol building, maximum prison term of six months, maximum fine of $5,000.
- Willing entering or remain in a restricted building without grounds for lawful authority, maximum prison term of one year.
During the hearing the magistrate appointed the office of the federal public defender to represent him.
Tennessee suspects have faced proceedings in both their local court and D.C. related to the investigation.
A preliminary hearing on Timbrook’s charges will be held D.C. via zoom on Monday at noon Central Time.
This is a developing story.
Natalie Neysa Alund is based in Nashville at The Tennessean and covers breaking news across the South for the USA TODAY Network. Reach her at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter @nataliealund.