Chad Barrett Jones, Accused of Breaking Window Ashli Babbitt Tried To Breach, Arrested

A Kentucky man who allegedly broke a window at the entrance to the Speaker's Lobby during the storming of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month has been arrested.

Chad Barrett Jones, 42, of Coxs Creek, Kentucky, was arrested in Louisville on Saturday, the Department of Justice said in a news release.

Jones faces multiple charges, including assault on a federal officer, destruction of government property over $1,000, obstruction of justice, unlawful entry on restricted building or grounds, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

According to an FBI affidavit, Jones is the man seen in video footage breaking a glass panel in the door that Ashli Babbitt had tried to breach before she was fatally shot by a police officer.

The affidavit says footage captured shortly before the shooting shows a man in a red hooded jacket and gray sock cap among a crowd of people trying to breach a barricaded door to the Speaker's Lobby—a hallway that leads to the House chamber.

The man struck the door's glass panels with what appeared to be "a long, wooden flagpole," the affidavit said.

While people chanted "Break it down!" and "Let's f**king go!,' the man struck the door at least 10 times, damaging the panels, and then attempted to open it, the affidavit added.

"An officer inside the Speaker's Lobby, facing the door with a gun raised, can be seen at the side of the video in the close vicinity of the doorway. When Babbitt is shot, the man in the red hooded jacket and gray skullcap is still next to the door holding the pole," it added.

Federal authorities identified the man as Jones after receiving a tip from one of his relatives on January 8.

That person identified Jones as the man "using a rolled up Trump flag to attempt to break the glass on an interior door... to the left of Ashli Babbit[t]," the affidavit said.

Another person, who identified himself as a friend of Jones, told investigators that he saw Jones in video footage breaking a window and standing close to Babbitt when she was shot.

The friend said Jones had called him on January 7 and admitted to breaking a window. Jones also told that friend that he "was able to walk into the United States Capitol without any problem," the affidavit said.

Washington, D.C. and state capitals across the country are on high alert following the riots at the U.S. Capitol and ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday.

Five people, including Babbitt and a Capitol police officer, died when a mob of Trump loyalists stormed the building, after President Donald Trump urged his supporters to "fight like hell" to overturn the result. Lawmakers were convening at the time to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's electoral victory.

Last week, Trump was impeached for an unprecedented second time, charged with "incitement of insurrection."

Capitol police officer looks through window
A Capitol police officer looks out of a broken window as protesters gather on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images