William Hendry Mellors, 50, is charged with felony and aggravated assault, including assaulting, resisting or obstructing officers with the use of a dangerous weapon.
TOMBALL, Texas – A Tomball man was taken into custody Monday after using bear spray on law enforcement officers during the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
He has been identified as 50-year-old William Hendry Mellors. His felony and felony charges include assaulting, resisting or obstructing officers with a dangerous weapon, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbia.
Mellors flew from Houston Hobby Airport to Baltimore, Maryland on Jan. 5 on a Southwest Airlines flight, according to court documents. He admitted to FBI investigators that he attended a rally in support of Trump on January 6 and joined the protesters. to the capital on the same day.
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Mellors and other protesters began fighting with officers at the Capitol, and Mellors was caught on surveillance cameras using the chemical to attack the officers.
The substance he sprayed was yellow in color and came from a light-colored can with a bright orange/red top, court documents read. FBI investigators identified the can as bear spray, and the label on the can said not to use the spray on people, according to court documents.
Mellors was identified through photographs and other evidence. In a voluntary interview with the FBI on May 31, 2022, Mellors admitted to bringing two cans of bear spray with him to Washington on January 6.
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Mellors returned to Houston the day after the Capitol riot.
In the 18 months since the Capitol riot, more than 850 people in nearly all 50 states have been arrested for crimes related to the violation of the US Capitol, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said on Jan. 6.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with tips is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.
A Houston-area man has been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riots
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