ATHOL — An Athol man was arrested by federal brokers Friday after he was recognized by images as one of many individuals who allegedly assaulted regulation enforcement officers in the course of the breach on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Vincent J. Gillespie, 60, was taken into custody by the FBI with help from Athol police, authorities stated. He was launched on $10,000 unsecured bond following an preliminary look in U.S. District Court docket in Worcester.
The FBI alleges Gillespie used a police protect to “ram” officers whereas screaming “traitor” and “treason” at them, and in addition grabbed an officer by the arm and tried to tug him into the group.
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Pictures included in court docket paperwork present a person prosecutors allege is Gillespie holding a protect and grabbing the arm of an officer. The FBI stated there may be physique digicam video that helps its allegations.
Gillespie was charged Friday with 9 federal crimes, probably the most critical of which, assaulting, resisting or impeding police, carries a penalty of as much as eight years in jail.
The federal government didn’t request he be held with out bail, and he was launched on circumstances that embody that he present proof to the federal government by Wednesday that his three authorized firearms have been faraway from his house.
6 witnesses establish Gillespie
Friday’s arrest, the FBI stated, got here after six witnesses — together with a former neighbor, an worker of an area enterprise and a number of Athol city workers — recognized Gillespie in images the FBI put out out in September searching for suspects.
The FBI stated investigators decided Gillespie’s actions occurred for not less than 14 minutes on the Decrease West Terrace of the U.S. Capitol Constructing, beginning at about 4:11 p.m. on Jan. 6.
The person may be seen sporting a sweatshirt with the “Berkshire Nautilus” — a emblem of a Pittsfield well being membership — within the video footage, the FBI famous.
Different expenses Gillespie faces embody civil dysfunction, participating in bodily violence in a restricted constructing and perpetrating an act of bodily violence within the Capitol.
At his court docket look in Worcester on Friday afternoon, Gillespie listened intently as U.S. District Court docket Justice of the Peace Choose David H. Hennessy detailed the forthcoming authorized course of.
Gillespie requested a number of follow-up questions of the choose, apologizing at one level and explaining that his head was “spinning.” He agreed to carry the listening to nearly due to COVID-19 issues, a typical observe these days that requires the defendant’s consent.
‘They’ve taken my laptop computer’
Showing by way of Zoom from a courthouse holding space, a yellow surgical masks hugging his chin, Gillespie was indecisive about whether or not he wish to proceed in Worcester or go to Washington, D.C., for the following step of the authorized course of.
Knowledgeable that he might attend upcoming hearings by way of Zoom, he remarked he would wish to acquire a brand new laptop, saying, “They’ve taken my laptop computer.”
Protection lawyer Timothy G. Watkins, who was appointed for the needs of Friday’s listening to, informed Hennessy it seems Gillespie didn’t qualify for a court-appointed lawyer — a consideration that’s primarily based on earnings.
At one level in the course of the listening to, Hennessy ordered Gillespie to offer the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Companies workplace details about his roommate after an officer stated Gillespie had been reluctant to take action.
Gillespie and Watkins, who spoke at size in a convention room following the court docket look, declined to remark to reporters outdoors the courthouse Friday night.
Pushed away by nameless man
Gillespie walked to a automobile pushed by a person who declined to offer his identify, and who questioned the information worth of the story.
The person, throughout a short, amicable dialog, opined a reporter would do higher to journey to Canada to cowl what he alleged to be abuses of civil rights relating to vaccine necessities for truckers.
Different extra worthy subjects, he posited, have been Antifa, Black Lives Matter (which he steered had business pursuits) and alleged First Modification abuses by Twitter for banning former President Donald Trump from its platform.
Gillespie is because of seem by way of Zoom Feb. 28 in U.S. District Court docket in Worcester for a procedural listening to known as a preliminary examination. He’s additionally scheduled to make an preliminary look by way of Zoom Feb. 24 in U.S. District Court docket in Washington, D.C.
Gillespie’s case will in the end be prosecuted within the nation’s capital, the place federal authorities have charged greater than 750 folks with crimes associated to the Jan. 6 breach.
Different phrases of Gillespie’s launch embody that he don’t have any contact with any potential witnesses and steer clear of Washington, D.C., except his journey is said to his case.
He was additionally ordered to tell pretrial companies if he intends to journey outdoors the state. He doesn’t have a passport, the choose stated, and was ordered to not purchase one.
It was not clear from Friday’s listening to whether or not Gillespie has any prior prison file. Watkins informed Hennessy the person didn’t have expertise within the federal courts system.
The Athol Every day Information in June 2021 posted a photograph of Gillespie attending a city assembly to lift issues about potential meter maids on the town.
Telegram & Gazette employees reporter Craig S. Semon contributed to this report.
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