The intensive manhunt for Jan. 6 Capitol riot suspect Gregory Yetman has come to an end as he surrendered to Monroe Township police on Friday morning, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Yetman, a 47-year-old Middlesex County man, was wanted for his involvement in the assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Yetman faces multiple charges, including assaulting officers, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, and committing acts of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings.
A federal arrest warrant was issued on Monday, leading to an intensive manhunt led by the FBI Newark SWAT, Jamesburg Police Department, and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Gregory Charles Yetman is registered to vote in Middlesex County, at 131 Main St Helmetta, Nj 08828, and he is affiliated with the Republican Party.
The FBI, which had offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to Yetman’s arrest, released a wanted poster on Thursday. Yetman, a former military police sergeant in the New Jersey Army National Guard, was identified from photos and videos taken during the riot.
During the Jan. 6 attack, Yetman was captured on video picking up a large canister of pepper spray and using it against Capitol police and protesters.
Despite being identified as a suspect, Yetman maintained his innocence, stating that he did not commit a crime and had been interviewed by the FBI shortly after the insurrection.
Authorities surrounded Yetman’s home on Main St. in Helmetta on Thursday, equipped with bulletproof vests and assault rifles.
The suspect was believed to have fled into the woods when authorities initially attempted to arrest him on Wednesday. Yetman will likely make his initial court appearance in Newark, New Jersey, on Monday.
The Department of Justice continues its investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, with more than 1,202 people charged in connection with the event over the past 34 months. As of October 14, 2022, the losses resulting from the Capitol breach, including damage to the building and grounds, were estimated at $2,881,360.20.
Yetman’s surrender marks another development in the ongoing effort to hold individuals accountable for their actions on January 6, 2021. The Department of Justice remains committed to pursuing justice for the crimes committed during the Capitol riot, with hundreds of individuals facing charges ranging from assaulting officers to destruction of government property. The public’s assistance in identifying suspects continues to be crucial to the investigation, with many individuals still on the wanted list based on photos and videos.