Zachary Alam, 'Helmet Boy' Who Stormed Capitol, Charged After Family Tip-Off

Zachary Alam has been charged over the storming of the U.S Capitol after a family member tipped off authorities.

Alam has been identified as the rioter known as "Helmet Boy" who was captured on video using a helmet to smash a window to the Speaker's Lobby during the January 6 riot.

Prosecutors say Alam was seen wearing a fur-lined hat while storming the Capitol building and can be observed "entering through the window of the Senate Wing entrance to the Capitol."

He was then seen "trying to breach a barricaded door to the Speaker's Lobby, a hallway that connects to the House of Representatives chambers," according to court documents unsealed on Monday.

Zachary Alam Capitol Riot
The man in the fur-lined hat has been identified as Zachary Alam and is charged over the storming of the U.S. Capitol. U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia

Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia allege that Alam is seen "repeatedly punching the glass panels of the doors immediately behind the officers, causing the glass to splinter" and later pushing his body against the officer guarding the door.

The complaint states that Alam shouted "F*** the blue" multiple times at the officers, then kicked the glass panels of the Speaker's Lobby door.

"Shortly thereafter, he took a black-colored helmet from an individual with a yellow 'Don't tread on me' flag, took off his fur-lined hat and red baseball hat, and violently struck the middle glass panel repeatedly with the helmet, further shattering the window."

— Malcolm Willoughby (@MalcWilloughby) February 2, 2021

The charges against Alam offer more details on the shooting of Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran who was killed by a Capitol Police officer while climbing through a broken window in an attempt to enter the House chamber.

According to video footage reviewed in court and a new affidavit from the FBI, Babbitt was shot after Alam smashed a window.

"Babbitt was shot while attempting to climb through one of the shattered windows. After the shot, [Alam] backed away toward the stairwell next to the U.S. Capitol Police tactical unit," the complaint reads.

Alam was arrested on January 30 in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

He has been charged with assaulting a federal officer; obstructing law enforcement engaged in official duties incident to civil disorder; knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

The #FBI continues to investigate the violence that took place in Washington, D.C., last week. We've created a new poster with more photos of people who unlawfully entered the U.S. Capitol. If you recognize someone, submit a tip at

— FBI (@FBI) January 13, 2021

According to the authorities, a family member submitted a tip about Alam's identity and then followed up with the FBI.

"On January 14, 2021, an anonymous tip to the FBI National Threat Operation Center (NTOC) identified BOLO #79 as the tipster's 'family member,' Zachary Alam, providing Alam's age, phone number, email address and other identifying information," a court affidavit reads.

"Alam told [witness] that he was sorry for what he had done at the U.S. Capitol but he was not going to turn himself into authorities because he did not want to go to jail."

Thousands of Donald Trump supporters gathered in Washington, D.C. on January 6 to protest the congressional certification of President Joe Biden's victory. Five people died during the attack, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.

Before the violence erupted, the protesters gathered for a Stop the Steal rally near the White House and Trump addressed the crowd. The then president repeated his baseless allegations that the 2020 election was stolen from him. He told his supporters that "we will never give up" and that they would have to "fight much harder."

A mob later stormed the U.S. Capitol building to disrupt the joint session of Congress. Federal prosecutors are continuing to charge participants in the Capitol riot. So far, more than 100 people have been arrested.

Newsweek has contacted the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia for comment.

Correction 2/3/21: This article originally referred to Ashli Babbitt as an Army veteran. Babbitt was an Air Force veteran. Newsweek regrets the error.