James Tate Grant, a North Carolina man accused of assaulting police officers in the Jan.6 Capitol riots, could be remanded into custody after an assault rifle and ammunition was found in his car during the ‘an arrest for impaired driving.
Department of Justice prosecutors on Thursday asked a federal judge in Washington, DC, to revoke the interim release of Grant, 29, who is awaiting trial over his documented involvement in the attack on Capitol Hill.
The rioter was arrested on Dec. 7 by a police officer in Garner, North Carolina, who was responding to a report of threatening suicide. Grant was found exiting a restaurant parking lot and appeared to be intoxicated.
Grant spoke to the officer about his role in the “incident of January 6” and attempted to escape while under arrest. Prosecutors wrote in court documents that he “fell to the ground” and said things like “Kill me now” and “It’s over.”
Police found an AR-15 assault rifle, 60 rounds, weapon accessories and combat fatigues in Grant’s car. Prosecutors wrote that Grant’s statements are “of such a disturbing nature that there is reason to believe he is a danger not only to the community, but to himself as well.”
The judge has yet to rule on the request. News week contacted Grant’s attorney for comment.
Following his involvement in the Capitol Riots, Grant is accused, among other things, of assaulting, resisting or preventing police from using a dangerous weapon and inflicting bodily harm, committing physical violence on the grounds of the Capitol and to have entered the offices of the Senate.
According to court documents, Grant was found to have used a metal crowd control barrier to “forcefully assault, resist, oppose, hinder, intimidate and interfere with” police.
Documents filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicated that Grant’s actions were captured in an Instagram video of the attack on the Capitol.
The footage showed Grant and Ryan Samsel, another rioter and co-accused, leading a crowd of Donald Trump supporters past one barricade to the second. Grant was dressed in black, his face covered with a skull mask.
Some of the images in question were uploaded to YouTube by independent media outlet ABQ RAW. Standing in front of the metal fence lined with Capitol Police officers, Grant can be seen raising the barricade and pushing the officers back with her, prompting other rioters to join in the attack. As a result, a policeman fell on the steps behind her.
According to the FBI, Grant’s act prompted another rioter to jump over the fence and attack two Capitol Hill cops. As the police prepared to arrest the assailant, Grant “interfered in their attempts to apprehend the rioter by pulling him away from the police.”
After another officer attempted to help his colleagues and punched Grant, the rioter stood up and attempted to “go through the fallen barricade towards the officers.” In images shared on YouTube, Grant can be seen pulling the rioter away from the officers, then attempting to pounce on the police over the barricade.
“The officers make a brief attempt to raise the barricade, but the rioters, including GRANT, overwhelm the officers and advance towards the Capitol, forcing the officers to withdraw from their position,” the document reads.
Subsequent footage, from both Capitol Hill security cameras and videos of the rioters on social media, showed Grant inside the Capitol. Screenshots from an apparent live broadcast, as well as a selfie taken by Grant himself, proved he also breached the Senate offices.
The attack on the Capitol and the drinking and driving incident that followed were not Grant’s only run-ins with the law.
The Holly Springs resident was previously arrested for impaired driving and carrying a concealed weapon in October. Grant was also arrested for motor vehicle break-ins and possession of marijuana in May 2018 and obtaining property under false pretense in September 2017.
In September 2014, Grant was arrested twice: once for motor vehicle break-ins, drug possession and possession of stolen property; and again the next day for break-in or entry into a vehicle.