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Indiana man accused of hitting officers with American flagpole in January 6 riot

An Indiana man and his nephew are being charged in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol after videos and photos they took at the compound during the riots, the FBI said.

Crown Point’s Dale Huttle was arrested earlier this month after being charged with numerous felonies and misdemeanors related to the violation, including assaulting, resisting or obstructing officers with a dangerous weapon, disrupting law enforcement officers during a civil disorder and more.

The FBI also announced the arrest of Dale Huttle’s nephew, Matthew Huttle, following allegations of his involvement in the riot. Matthew Huttle of Hebron, Indiana, is charged with misdemeanor charges of parading, demonstrating or picketing inside a Capitol building, entering and staying in a building or compound with restricted access, and charges of disorderly conduct.

Dale Huttle, of Crown Point, Indiana, is among those charged with violence against law enforcement during the January 6, 2021 US Capitol riots.  He was charged in November 2022.

Dale Huttle, of Crown Point, Indiana, is among those charged with violence against law enforcement during the January 6, 2021 US Capitol riots. He was charged in November 2022.

Court documents say Dale Huttle, 61, was seen in a crowd during the Lower West Terrace attack trying to push through a bike rack set up by police as a barrier. One picture shows a man identified by authorities as Dale Huttle holding an American flagpole and beating two officers on the steps. Thirty minutes after that interaction, the same man was seen on body camera footage grabbing the baton of a Washington Metropolitan Police Department officer and yelling “surrender.”

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According to officials, Matthew Huttle was captured on video at the Capitol just before 3 p.m. on Jan. 6. Officials said he is believed to have exited the building briefly before re-entering for another 10 minutes as he is said to have walked into “several” offices, the crypt area and a series of hallways.

Matthew Huttle of Crown Point, Indiana, was charged in November 2022 with participation in the January 6, 2021 US Capitol riots.

Matthew Huttle of Crown Point, Indiana, was charged in November 2022 with participation in the January 6, 2021 US Capitol riots.

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The criminal complaint, which details the couple’s charges, said the FBI released a photograph purporting to be Dale Huttle months after the riot and asked for the public’s help in identifying him. Although 13 tips were received, agents said they turned out to be inaccurate. Dale Huttle was later identified as a suspect after investigators searched law enforcement databases and matched his passport photo with pictures taken during the Capitol break-in, the records say.

The criminal complaint further stated that cellphone recordings showed Dale Huttle communicating with his nephew that day, leading them to Matthew Huttle.

The arrest of the uncle and nephew brings the number of Hoosiers charged in the January 6 riot to 18.

Dale Huttle has been released from custody pending his court hearing in Washington, DC. In addition to the charges of assault and obstruction of law enforcement-related charges, Dale Huttle faces charges of entering and being in a restricted building with a deadly weapon, disruptive conduct in a restricted building with a deadly weapon and act of physical violence on the Grounds of the Capitol.

Matthew Huttle, 40, is scheduled to appear in court in Idaho later this week, officials said.

Contact Sarah Nelson at 317-503-7514 or [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Indiana Man and Nephew Charged in January 6 Riot

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