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A former FBI agent has been arrested for allegedly participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol.
Jared Wise was taken into custody in Oregon on multiple charges, including knowingly engaging in disorderly conduct with intent to impede government business, according to court documents. Wise was released after appearing in federal court on May 1.
Wise was captured by surveillance cameras inside the Capitol after entering through the Senate Wing Door, according to charging papers. He later engaged Metropolitan Police Department officers, telling them: “You guys are disgusting. I’m former—I’m former law enforcement. You’re disgusting. You are the Nazi. You are the Gestapo. You can’t see it. . . . Shame on you! Shame on you! Shame on you!”
Wise also shouted, “Yeah, [expletive] them” and “Yes, kill ’em,” authorities said.
Wise worked as a special agent and as a supervisor with the FBI from 2004 through 2017, the bureau said. The FBI and Wise’s public defender did not respond to a request for comment.
Wise was described as working on counterterrorism investigations in the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe, according to a biography that has since been taken down. Wise was also described as working in “asset management, commercial banking, and investment banking” before joining the FBI.
FBI agents were tipped off to Wise’s being inside the Capitol on Jan. 26, 2022, by a person whose identity is being shielded by the bureau. The person gave authorities details about Wise, including his name, date of birth, and telephone number.
Agents obtained records from AT&T that showed Wise’s phone on Jan. 6 using a tower that provides coverage to an area that includes the Capitol. Agents also reviewed surveillance and body camera footage that showed Wise inside the Capitol that day and on Capitol grounds.
After entering the Capitol at approximately 2:23 p.m., Wise “clapped his hands and raised his arms in triumph,” an FBI agent said in an affidavit supporting the charges. Wise walked around inside before exiting the same door.
A few hours later, Wise was on the Upper West Terrace as people began clashing with law enforcement officers.
Wise witnessed officers being knocked to the ground. He is accused of encouraging violence, including shouting: “Kill ‘em! Kill ‘em! Kill ‘em!”
Wise is suspected of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without legal authority, knowingly and with intent to impede or disrupt government business engaging in disorderly conduct, engaging in disorderly conduct with the intention of disrupting a session of Congress, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol.
Wise made an initial appearance in U.S. court in Oregon, after which he was released on his own recognizance. He was ordered to remain inside the United States, not to possess guns, and to remain off Capitol grounds.
Wise’s case has been transferred to Washington. The next hearing will be held via Zoom on May 9.