Odin Meacham is the 13th Utahn charged with violently assaulting the US Capitol
Another Utahn – the 13th – has been charged in the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.
Odin Meacham, 29, was arrested on Monday, more than 28 months after the violent uprising. However, he could only be positively identified from the photos about two months ago.
According to court documents, Meacham was seen with a body-worn camera and publicly available video:
• Attempting to take a bike rack from police officers who were using it to hold back rioters.
• Charge at several officers and hit at least one with a large wooden pole on the torso.
• Pick up a metal bar and throw it at officers, hitting one of them in the hand.
• Taunting police officers.
• He emerges from the crowd of rioters, yells “Lean in” several times and gestures with his hand, “in an apparent effort to get the crowd to approach and subdue the officers.”
• Attempt to grab an officer’s baton.
The FBI has been trying to identify Meacham since June 2021. The FBI believed it matched Jan. 6 photos and video with Meacham’s passport application and Utah driver’s license, and on March 13 a witness who “has known Meacham for many years” identified him. the man in the photos. The witness also told the FBI that Meacham traveled to Washington DC at the time of the riot.
Meacham was charged with multiple offenses including assault, resisting or obstructing officers while using a dangerous weapon; disorderly and disruptive behavior in a locked building; physical violence in a locked building; and physical violence on Capitol grounds or buildings.
He is being prosecuted by the US Attorney for the District of Columbia and the Counter-Terrorism Division of the US Department of Justice with the support of the US Attorney for the District of Utah.