Joshua James

An Arab man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Joshua James, 33, of Brashiers Chapel Road was arrested before the FBI raided his home.

Arab police and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office assisted the FBI.

Prosecutors charged James, a cleaning business owner who is a member of the Oath Keepers, who provided security around the “Stop the Steal” events on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, according to newly unsealed court filings in the D.C. District Court.

Acc-ording to CNN, James allegedly dressed in tactical gear to act as a security detail for a speaker at the “Stop the Steal” on the eve of Jan. 6, according to the court filing.

He is charged with two federal felony counts related to entering the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to the court filing.

“On Jan. 6, 2021, James and a number of the same Oath Keepers he was with on Jan. 5 – all clad in much of the same tactical and Oath Keeper gear they had donned the day prior – are seen in photographs and videos walking together throughout Washington, D.C., and eventually toward the Capitol building,” the FBI wrote in an affidavit supporting James’ arrest.

James’ arrest comes a day after the arrest of another Oath Keeper, Roberto Minuta, who has been linked to longtime Trump-confidant and “Stop the Steal” champion Roger Stone’s security circle around Jan. 6.

James’ wife posted on social media Tuesday that her husband was not part of the riots, but was there “as paid security for one of the speakers.”

FBI investigators don’t disagree with that.

James and others were “wearing apparel with the Oath Keepers name and/or insignia and provided security to a speaker at the ‘Stop the Steal’ events planned for that day,” they wrote in the court fiing.

“Publicly-available video shows that, after storming the Capitol, James congregated with charged and uncharged individuals affiliated with the Oath Keepers – many of whom had also stormed the Capitol, and some of whom James had acted with throughout Jan. 5 and 6,” the paperwork says.

James, who is seen in photos flanking Stone ahead of the Jan. 6 riot, was later seen on camera inside the building amid a crush of rioters who overran police.

Court records show James appeared before a federal magistrate judge in Birmingham.

Prosecutors there asked that he be detained pending trial. A bail hearing was set for today (Thursday).

(5) comments

TheQuestion

Arab has a poor reputation. People like the “accused,” and his supporters, are examples of why. This man is, very clearly, a domestic terrorist. He was part of an attempted coup. If he didn’t want to be involved or implicated, he should have left when things clearly went south. Arab is racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic, transphobic, islamophobic, and xenophobic. Very few people around here are even trying to be “Christ like,” which the word “Christian” means. God doeoexpect perfection, but He expects you to try. People say “Love your neighbor as yourself,” until the neighbor isn’t cisgender, straight, white, Christian, a natural citizen, or a man.

Christians do not make people fear to be in town after dark. White supremacists do.

Arab needs to do better. Arabian Knights aren’t proud. We’re hesitant to even tell people where we live because we are ashamed of previous generations hiding behind cherry picked scripture to justify their treatment of minorities.

PaulT

Rest assured, you're not the only person who recognizes this. It's why I left Arab. (Now, people who read what you've written will say they'll "pray for you" without addressing any of the very real issues you raise. That's always the fall-back response- the ol' "my Lord and Savior" smoke screen. It has been for decades.)

Patriot101

First of all if you don't live here anymore than you don't know what goes on in this town anymore however I do. If a Arab is so racist then why is half the people that live behind Foodland black, if Arab is homophobic then why is most the people at Dairy Queen gay and many at Walmart to. And several in my family and they do not have the same idiotic thinking as you. I really don't think anybody has the same idiotic thanking as you do anymore because you are exactly what's wrong with America. You need to do better as long as you talk about it it will still exist if you ignore it it goes away. pushing the negative narrative is a forever love pastime of the left and they have been shoving it down America's throat for way too long and we are now standing up. We want unity in this country but we're tired of the negative narratives because nobody sees black and white anymore. Always say is good and evil. And God will prevail over the evil. Thank God we don't have people like y'all in this town like we do actual Patriots. Oh JOE BIDEN IS A PEDOPHILE. AND NOT MY PRESIDENT.

PaulT

How can you possibly say the FBI "doesn't disagree" with the statement that he wasn't part of the riots?? Look at the charge! "He is charged with two federal felony counts related to entering the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to the court filing." He entered the Capitol building on Jan. 6, and was thus part of the riot, for heaven's sake! They didn't charge him with being a tourist.

PaulT

Hey- look at that! A celebrity!

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