FBI: Virginia Beach man arrested in connection to U.S. Capitol attack

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach fishing charter captain facing charges in connection with the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6 is now in custody.

A spokesperson from the FBI told WFXR’s sister station that Jacob Hiles turned himself in to the FBI Tuesday morning.

The Department of Justice confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Hiles was released on a personal recognizance bond with specific conditions: stay away from DC, remove all firearms from his house, and appear at his presentment date in D.C. on Friday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m.

On Jan. 15, three charges were filed against Hiles, who also goes by Jake. Hiles is with Matador Charters, a Virginia Beach charter fishing company.

According to a criminal complaint, all charges are related to the Jan. 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol. They include:

  • Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority
  • Knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds
  • Parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol Building

Court documents revealing evidence against Hiles show numerous Facebook posts, selfies, and videos connected to events at the Capitol.

The criminal complaint says on Jan.6, Hiles posted around 1:10 p.m. stating, “After being tear-gassed for an hour, we entered the Capitol, thousands of us. The FBI shot and killed a woman in front of us. We followed the trail of her blood out of the building.”

Then, documents reveal that later that evening, he took to Facebook again writing in part, “I’m not a smoker AT ALL, but when the cop asks you if you are gonna hit that, I ain’t gunna let it.” 

Paperwork says attached to this post was a “selfie” style video of Hiles inside the U.S. Capitol building with a group of people.   

Investigators say in the video, Hiles appears to smoke an unidentified substance.

In addition to court paperwork, research put together by George Washington University shows Hiles, among dozens of others, involved in federal and non-federal cases related to the Capitol Hill siege.

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