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Northern Nevada man faces charges in Jan. 6 Capitol assault


A Winnemucca man was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 1 in Reno on several federal charges related to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. 

Josiah Kenyon, 34, made an initial court appearance Friday and will remain in custody while awaiting other court proceedings. Charges against Kenyon include engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, civil disorder and assaulting police officers.

FBI officials confirmed Kenyon as #94 in its “seeking information photos,” through witness and familial identifications and motel and metro-pass records.

A surveillance camera still shows a man the FBI believes to be Josiah Kenyon hitting a window at the U.S. Capitol with a flag pole on Jan. 6, 2021. Image: FBI

Kenyon, dressed in a Jack Skellington costume from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat, is alleged to have damaged an exterior window of the Capitol with a flag staff. Case documents show the replacement cost of the window was more than $41,000.

He is also alleged to have used several objects, including what officials believe is a table leg with a nail protruding, to assault law enforcement officers attempting to protect the building.

A surveillance camera still shows a man the FBI believes to be Josiah Kenyon swinging a piece of wood at law enforcement officers at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Image: FBI

The FBI said assistance in investigating Kenyon was provided by the Reno Resident Agency of the FBI Las Vegas Field Office and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.

Kenyon is one of 210 individuals charged with assaulting law enforcement officers at the Capitol riot on Jan. 6. The FBI said it has arrested more than 675 individuals on charges related to the insurrection.

Kristen Hackbarth
Kristen Hackbarth
Kristen Hackbarth is a freelance editor and communications professional with more than 20 years’ experience working in marketing, public relations and communications in northern Nevada. Kristen graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in photography and minor in journalism and has a Master of Science in Management and Leadership. She also serves as director of communications for Nevada Cancer Coalition, a statewide nonprofit. Though she now lives in Atlanta, she is a Nevadan for life and uses her three-hour time advantage to get a jump on the morning’s news.