Topekan Will Pope charged with 7 federal crimes linked to D.C. riots

A former Topeka City Council candidate was arrested without incident Friday on a federal warrant charging him with seven crimes linked to the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol, where he acknowledged being present last month.

William Alexander Pope, 35, was booked at 9:40 a.m. Friday into the Shawnee County Jail, where records indicated he was being held without bond that afternoon on a federal hold order.

Pope was arrested Friday morning by FBI special agents, members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and officers with the Topeka Police Department on a warrant issued by the U.S. Court District of Columbia, said FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton.

Will Pope attends the Back the Blue rally while holding a thin blue line flag on Aug. 25, 2020, in front of the Topeka Performing Arts Center. Pope was arrested Friday and charged with seven federal crimes linked to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

She said Pope faces charges of civil disorder; obstruction or impeding any official proceeding; entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; impeding passage through the Capitol grounds of buildings; and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.  

Additionally, Pope’s brother, Michael Pope, of Sandpoint, Idaho, was arrested on the same charges Friday by FBI special agents within the territory of the FBI’s Salt Lake City division, Patton said.

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