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Nassau County man charged in US Capitol riot

Jeffrey Register makes initial appearance in federal court.
Jeffrey Register makes initial appearance in federal court. (Courtroom sketch by Steve Bridges)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Nassau County man was arrested on charges related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida said Tuesday.

Jeffrey Register is charged with unlawful entry, disorderly conduct on restricted grounds and violent entry onto Capitol grounds -- all misdemeanors.

If convicted, he could face 2 ½ years in prison.

Register appeared before a judge Tuesday afternoon at the federal courthouse in downtown Jacksonville, but the specifics regarding his arrest weren’t discussed. He was cooperative with the judge.

Register was released on his own recognizance and with a $25,000 appearance bond, should he violate conditions of pretrial release. He has to wear a GPS monitor, according to the judge.

Register did not comment as he left the courthouse.

According to a statement of facts unsealed Wednesday, data from Google showed a mobile device, which was tied to Register through other records, was within the U.S. Capitol from 2:17 p.m. to 4:38 p.m. Jan. 6.

The court document states video on YouTube showed Register inside the Capitol, ignoring instructions from Capitol Police to leave the building and running past officers trying to hold back the crowd.

According to the document, Register was interviewed at his place of employment in Jacksonville on Feb. 24. He said he left Jacksonville on Jan. 5, arrived in Washington, D.C., early in the morning of Jan. 6, and stayed at a Holiday Inn in Alexandria, Virginia, while he was there. During the interview, agents said, Register admitted to having entered the Capitol building, confirmed he was the person seen in the photos from the video, and admitted he deleted photos from his phone and did a “factory reset” in order to, in his words, delete what might be proof that he entered the building. He also told agents his goal in entering the building was to affect the certification vote and that he wished he could have gone into the House chamber to show his support for President Donald Trump, according to the document.

The document also states Register showed the agent a photo of his hotel parking pass from the trip and two photos he had taken outside the Capitol.

Register has a 1 p.m. Friday hearing via Zoom with a federal judge in Washington, D.C.

Nassau County man charged in US Capitol riot
Nassau County man charged in US Capitol riot

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