Gregory Yetman, needed in Capitol riot, being hunted by FBI in N.J.

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A search was beneath means in Middlesex County, New Jersey, for Gregory Yetman, who is needed for his position within the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, in response to the FBI.

Yetman fled his dwelling within the small city of Helmetta on Wednesday morning after FBI brokers and native police tried to serve him with an arrest warrant, Helmetta Mayor Christopher Slavicek instructed USA TODAY.

As of Wednesday night the search was persevering with, however residents had not been instructed to shelter in place or lock down, Slavicek stated. A lot of FBI brokers and police have been nonetheless looking out the native woods, which Slavicek stated have been filled with climbing trails and our bodies of water.

“A scenario like this in fact brings heightened nervousness — it is not regular to see FBI brokers and automobiles and tanks in your group,” Slavicek stated. “You by no means suppose one thing like this may occur in your personal yard.”

Yetman was the topic of a USA TODAY investigation in March that exposed that lots of of people that might be recognized from photographs and movies of the riots had not but been charged or arrested. Lots of these individuals had been recognized by volunteer sleuths on-line and reported to the FBI. USA TODAY verified and sought out a few of these individuals, together with Yetman.

Yetman, who was a army police sergeant within the New Jersey Nationwide Guard on the time of the riot, instructed USA TODAY earlier this 12 months that he had been current on the Capitol that day, however stated he didn’t commit a criminal offense. He stated he had been interviewed by the FBI shortly after the riot.

“All the things’s been resolved, all the pieces’s good,” he stated in early 2023.

Slavicek stated Yetman is a “recognizable face” round Helmetta, a group of about 3,200 residents that he stated resembles the TV present “Cheers.”

“We do not actually have a streetlight,” Slavicek stated. “Round right here, all people is aware of your identify.”

Investigation: After Jan. 6 riot, lots of of identifiable individuals stay free. FBI arrests may take years

“FBI Newark SWAT, Jamesburg Police Division, and Middlesex County Prosecutors Workplace are at the moment looking for a person named Gregory Yetman,” the FBI stated in an announcement. Yetman was “needed in reference to the January sixth assault on the U.S. Capitol.”

The complete listing: See who has been arrested within the Jan. 6 riot

Federal prosecutors have charged greater than 1,000 individuals within the raid on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

However many different individuals stay on the needed listing, recognized by their photographs and movies relatively than their names.

Earlier this 12 months, Patrick Cotter, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago, stated it was cheap to ask why the FBI had taken greater than two years to determine or arrest different individuals on the needed listing. However he cautioned in opposition to concluding the company would not act.

“The truth that he hasn’t been picked up but, or charged,” he stated, “does not imply he isn’t on the federal government’s radar.”

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