Baseball Bat-Wielding Militiaman Robert Gieswein Charged Over Capitol Riot

Federal authorities have charged Robert Gieswein as one of the rioters who stormed the Capitol in support of a pro-Trump insurrection on January 6.

The Woodland Park, Colorado, resident was seen in photos wearing distinctive patches and military-style equipment on Jan. 5 and on Jan. 6 as he pushed through police barriers at the Capitol and confronted officers in the building alongside a number of rioters wanted by the FBI.

He is charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding a federal officer, depredation of U.S. property. obstruction of an official proceeding, and entering a restricted building with the intent to impede official functions.

Gieswein could not immediately be reached for comment, and it was not clear if he had been taken into custody.

The Daily Beast identified Gieswein in pictures taken on Jan. 5, the day before the riot, showing him apparently injured, with his helmet off kneeling on the ground as pro-Trump rallygoers clash with protesters and police at Black Lives Matter plaza in downtown D.C.

In an affidavit in support of the criminal charges, the government alleged that Gieswein “appears to be affiliated with the radical militia group known as the Three Percenters,” a militia which is “loosely allied with the Oath Keepers.”

Gieswein’s Facebook page, now-deleted, also showed him to be a fan of right-wing militia groups. In November 2018, he posted pictures of himself flashing the “Three Percent” sign, an apparent reference to so-called Three Percenter militias, outside of Shooters Grill, a Colorado bar owned by Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO).

The term “three percenter,” according to the Anti-Defamation League, is a reference to the “erroneous belief that only 3% of colonists fought against the British during the Revolutionary War” and militia members make themselves out to be similarly willing to fight against what they see as tyrannical government.

Gieswein’s movements during the riot were easily traceable thanks to a collection of distinctive patches on his helmet and vest, including patches that read “Woodland Wild Dogs,” “Golf Foxtrot Yankee,” “MAGA,” My Mom Thinks I’m Special,” and “I Pull Out” next to a picture of a grenade.

Giesewin is visible in photos available on Shutterstock brandishing a baseball bat and appearing to push a riot barrier into police trying to hold him and a crowd of rioters back.

Later on, Gieswein’s helmet is also visible in footage of a Proud Boys member, identified by the FBI as Dominic Pezzola, breaking into the Capitol through a window. As Pezzola smashes the window with a police shield, the “Golf Foxtrot Yankee” patch and orange tape of Gieswein’s helmet is visible in the lower right hand corner of the frame.

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