What we know about Doug Jensen, the Des Moines man photographed at the Capitol riot and arrested by the FBI
A man wearing a knit cap and a QAnon T-shirt emblazoned with an eagle who confronted security with arms spread wide became an iconic image from the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, as Congress met to certify President-elect Joe Biden's election.
The man in the photo is Doug Jensen, 41, of Des Moines, who was arrested by the FBI at 1 a.m. Saturday at his home and booked into the Polk County Jail, Sgt. Ryan Evans of the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. Des Moines Police assisted in the arrest, according to the Associated Press.
He will make his initial court appearance Tuesday before Judge Helen Adams in Des Moines.
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Jensen’s employer, Forrest & Associate Masonry in Des Moines, announced Friday that he had been fired. The company's CEO, Richard Felice, told KCCI Friday that Jensen had worked there for a few years. Felice told KCCI the company did not agree with Jensen's actions.
What charges is Jensen facing?
FBI Public Affairs Specialist Amy Adams said Jensen faces five federal charges:
- Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority.
- Disrupting the orderly conduct of government business.
- Violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building.
- Parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.
- Obstructing a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C., did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday or Sunday. Federal court records for Jensen will remain sealed until after his initial court hearing.
Jensen is being held without bond. Evans told the AP he's not sure if Jensen has an attorney.
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What does video of Jensen in the Capitol show?
Aside from the Associated Press images of Jensen confronting police, a video posted on Twitter by a journalist during the storming of the Capitol shows a man who appears to be Jensen, who is white, pursuing a Black officer up an interior flight of stairs.
A mob of people trails several steps behind. At several points, the officer says “get back," to no avail. The police officer at one point pokes Jensen and runs away from the entrance of the Senate, leading the mob away from the chamber.
Jensen posted photos of himself in D.C. on social media
In a now-deleted Facebook post, Jensen posted a photo of himself standing near the Washington Monument in the same sweatshirt and T-shirt over it. The T-shirt has an eagle and large Q on the front.
Before Jensen's Facebook page disappeared, many of Jensen's posts consisted of images in support of President Donald Trump and QAnon.
He also posted on Twitter a screen grab of him confronting police and tagged two people whose accounts were suspended. In another tweet of a screen grab, he captioned the photo, "Me..."
Jensen also posted a video on TikTok, saying he's being turned into the "poster boy" for the riots in Washington, D.C., and not to believe the news.
What does Jensen's QAnon T-shirt mean?
Jensen was heavily involved in the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory community online, which falsely claims Trump is fighting a behind-the-scenes war against an elite global sex-trafficking ring that includes many U.S. government officials and Hollywood actors.
Jensen posted regularly about the conspiracy theory on Facebook, Twitter and TikTok. On Facebook on Jan. 7, Jensen said the "Storm" was coming — a term for the day QAnon believers say Trump will reveal the truth and arrest high-ranking Americans involved in the fake conspiracy.
On Twitter, he regularly replied to Trump and former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who are supported by QAnon conspiracy theorists. Twitter banned both Trump's and Flynn's accounts following the Capitol invasion.
Jensen's Twitter account remains active. He posted photos in replies to popular QAnon accounts on Thursday, after the Capitol riot, where he identifies himself wearing the "Q" shirt. The photos were still publicly visible on the social media website as of Sunday.
Has Jensen been arrested previously?
Jensen has dozens of traffic violations dating from the early 1990s to now. In 2001, he was placed on probation for driving while barred.
On Dec. 29, 2006, he was charged with fifth-degree theft in Polk County, a misdemeanor. He pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal trespassing.
In March 2015, Jensen pleaded guilty to domestic assault and disorderly conduct in Minnesota. He was sentenced to three days in jail in Rochester, Minnesota.
Has anyone from his family commented?
Jensen's older brother, William Routh, 54, of Clarksville, Arkansas, told the Associated Press that his brother insisted he didn’t break into the building but was let inside and then shown around, even posing for pictures with officers. He said the video of his brother charging up the stairs was staged.
“Doug has never lied to me," said Routh, who described himself as a Republican Trump supporter. “He has been a good man his whole life. He is a family man. But he is like the rest of a lot of people that are patriots. We have been being told for the last what seven, eight months that if the Democrats get control we are losing our country. OK. That scares a lot of people.”
Routh also told the AP that Jensen believed that the person posting as Q was either Trump or someone very close to the president.
“I feel like he had a lot of influence from the internet that confused or obscured his views on certain things,” Routh said. “When I talked to him, he thought that maybe this was Trump telling him what to do.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.