Soldier who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 is being separated from service
April 14, 2022

Off-duty police officer and military service member who stormed the Capitol on January 6 is being removed from the National Guard.

In the 15 months that followed his arrest, Fracker has remained a component of the National Guard, but has been banned from performing any actual military duties, according to a spokesperson for the National Guard.

Alfred Puryear, a Virginia National Guard spokesperson made a written statement saying, “Now that his civilian charges have been adjudicated, the process has started for an administrative separation from the Virginia Army National Guard.”

Infantryman Jacob Fracker, a former Marine and current National Guard Soldier, was arrested on multiple charges on January 13, 2021. Fracker’s intention on the day in question was to disrupt or prevent the federal certification of then President elect Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.

On the morning that Fracker stormed the Capitol, he was a police officer with the Rocky Mount, Virginia Police Department. According to court documents, Fracker was off-duty on the morning of January 6, 2021 when he drove to Washington, DC from Rocky Mount. He brought his badge and service pistol, which he chose to leave in his car once he arrived in DC.

He first attended a rally at the Washington Monument where a portion of the insurrection mob was gathering. Court documents indicate that he then donned a gas mask and entered the Capitol building from the Lower West Terrace.

While inside the Capitol , Fracker made several posts on social media. One of them read, “sorry I hate freedom?…Not like I did anything illegal…y’all do what you feel you need to…”

Prior to being arrested, Fracker deleted all of his social media posts related to the Capitol riot and allowed his friend to destroy his phone in hopes of destroying evidence of his participation in the riot.

Fracker served as a rifleman in the Marine Corps from 2010 to 2014. Upon separating from the Marines, he transitioned to the Virginia National Guard.

In the 15 months that followed the 2021 DC riot, at least 816 individuals were arrested from all 50 states and DC. Over 250 of those charges involved either assaulting law enforcement or impeding law enforcement. The investigation continues to this day.

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