Multiple Jan 6 Defendants Request Permission To Travel Over Thanksgiving

A member of the far-right Oath Keepers and two people accused of assaulting police officers are among the Capitol riot suspects who have requested permission to travel to spend Thanksgiving with their family.

In the days leading up to the November 25 celebrations, several suspects accused of taking part in the January 6 attack who are not being held in custody have made formal court requests to make Thanksgiving travel plans without violating their pretrial release conditions.

On November 18, WUSA9 reporter Jordan Fischer and NBC4's Scott MacFarlane revealed that Judge Amit P. Mehta of the District Court for the District of Columbia granted permission for Oath Keeper Donovan Crowl to travel to his sister's home to spend the holiday season with her between November 24 and November 26.

Crowl is one of a number of Oath Keeper members accused of some of the most serious offenses in relation to the Capitol attack.

Crowl was originally charged along with fellow Oath Keepers members Thomas Caldwell and Jessica Watkins.

They were then charged in a superseding indictment with 13 other people all accused of conspiring to stop the certification of the 2020 Election results at the Capitol on January 6.

Oath Keepers are an explicitly anti-government militia group whose members are preparing for a new civil war in the country. The members are alleged to have worn paramilitary gear and formed a "stack" formation before storming the Capitol building.

Elsewhere, Capitol riot suspect Grady Owens was also granted permission to travel from Western Texas to Harris County in South Texas in order to spend Thanksgiving with his family.

According to the court request, which was granted by a judge, Owens would travel with his family on November 24 and return on November 26.

Owens, 21, is charged with a number of serious offenses including assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers using a dangerous weapon, inflicting bodily injury after allegedly attacking Metropolitan Police Officer with a skateboard during the Capitol riot.

Owens pleaded not guilty to the charges against him in April and was released in May with bail conditions, including home detention being issued with a location monitoring device.

Another suspect accused of attacking police officers on January 6 who has asked for permission to travel for Thanksgiving is Georgia resident Joseph Hutchinson.

Hutchinson is charged with offenses in relation to January 6, including assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers or employees; and aiding and abetting and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

He is accused of being part of a group who attacked police officers outside the Capitol building on January 6. He was charged with Olivia Pollock, 30 and Joshua Doolin, 22, with Pollock's brother, Jonathan Pollock, 21, still a wanted fugitive.

Hutchinson is accused of supporting and pushing Jonathan Pollack as he used a shield to attack a police officer's face and throat.

He is also accused of punching an officer while he is on the ground as well as grabbing the sleeve of another officer and throwing him out the way during the disorder outside the Capitol.

As noted by MacFarlane, Hutchinson has applied to travel to his hometown of Lakeland, Florida for Thanksgiving celebration—which is also where the fugitive Jonathan Pollack lives.

Despite the seriousness of some of the charges against the defendants, MacFarlane said that courts tend to allow predetermined requests for short travel for suspects ahead of their trials.

"Courts tend not to restrict travel any more than they have to before a case has been closed," MacFarlane said, citing a conversation with a former federal prosecutor.

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Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Samuel Corum/Getty Images