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Western Pa. man faces new charges in connection with U.S. Capitol riot

More than 40 Pennsylvanians are among the more than 400 people who have been arrested -- the second highest of any state in the country.

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More than 40 Pennsylvanians are among the more than 400 people who have been arrested -- the second highest of any state in the country.

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More than 40 Pennsylvanians are among the more than 400 people who have been arrested -- the second highest of any state in the country.

(Harrisburg) — A western Pennsylvania man who was already accused of rifling through Electoral College vote certification papers during the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol has now been indicted by a federal grand jury and is accused of attacking an officer and stealing documents.

More than 40 Pennsylvanians are among the more than 400 people who have been arrested for participating in the violent attack. The figure is second highest of any state in the country, behind only Texas.

The indictment was handed down April 30 for Dale Shalvey, 36, of Bentleyville, who was initially charged with obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building, disrupting business, entering the Senate floor without permission and causing a disruption in the U.S. Capitol building, WPXI is reporting.

Police try to retrieve a barricade during a scuffle with President Donald Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

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Police try to retrieve a barricade during a scuffle with President Donald Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. The incident happened as Congress prepared to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, with thousands of people gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud.

An FBI affidavit stated agents fielded several tips that Shalvey, who owns a woodworking business, was the person shown in photos wearing a green helmet and other tactical gear.

A tipster said Shalvey sent them texts and photos “that appear to depict official correspondence that was handled by Shalvey from at least one of the desks in the Senate chamber.”

Shalvey now faces additional charges of having “physical contact” with a police officer and stealing a letter from Sen. Mitt Romney to former Vice President Mike Pence, reports indicate.

Reports indicate when Shalvey was interviewed by FBI agents after his arrest, he denied any knowledge of any assaulting officers during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

“The statements and representations were false because, as Dale Jeremiah Shalvey then and there knew, he assaulted an officer on Jan. 6, 2021, in the District of Columbia,” the complaint states, reports indicate.

He is also charged with lying to federal agents, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting.

 

NPR’s Investigative and News Apps teams have published a database of everyone arrested so far in connection with the Capitol riot. This area of reporting is ongoing, and the database is being updated.

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