‘Mind-Numbingly Dangerous’; Thrown In Jail

(5MinNewsBreak.com) – The leftist-run federal government is not letting up in its continuing crackdown on Americans who got caught in the January 6, 2021, events at the US Capitol – as now a participant in the events has been arrested after prosecutors described his actions that day as “mind-numbingly dangerous.”

John Banuelos, facing charges for discharging a firearm at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, has been mandated by an Illinois judge to remain in custody.

Judge Beth Jantz, presiding over the Northern District of Illinois, decreed Banuelos, a 39-year-old resident of Summit, Illinois, to be held until his upcoming court date in Washington, D.C., on March 21, NBC News reports, cited by The Hill.

Accusations against Banuelos include his ascent on scaffolding and discharging a firearm into the air amidst the chaos at the Capitol.

His arrest recent arrest comes with multiple felony and misdemeanor charges against him, and among them are charges related to firearms, as stated by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Surveillance footage from the building captured Banuelos making a “finger gun” gesture and mockingly firing at officers multiple times.

Subsequently, footage shows him climbing the scaffolding for the inaugural stage, withdrawing a firearm from his waistband, and firing two shots into the air.

After the act, he concealed the firearm back into his waistband and descended the scaffolding, according to the DOJ.

Prosecutors have expressed that the actions of Banuelos were exceedingly perilous, cautioning that it could have led to “any number of life-threatening events,” including potentially triggering a police response to an active shooter or causing a panic-induced stampede among other rioters.

“Fortunately, none of these events came to pass, but the fact that no such harm ensued does nothing to mitigate the seriousness of Banuelos’ actions,” they emphasized.

A 2021 court order from Utah explicitly prohibits Banuelos from possessing any firearms.

Despite this, the DOJ reports that Banuelos has been posting videos online featuring firearms, including a starter pistol confiscated by police during a search on March 8, 2024, at his mother’s residence.

Prosecutors have strongly advocated for Banuelos’s detention prior to his trial to “protect the safety of the community and ensure his return to Court.”

Over 1,300 individuals have been prosecuted for their involvement in the January 6 events, with more than 800 already sentenced.

Of those sentenced, about two-thirds have been given jail terms, which range from a few days to 22 years.

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