North Dakota man indicted for role in attack on U.S. Capitol

October 24, 2023

A federal grand jury has indicted a former Oriska, North Dakota man who was arrested earlier this year on charges related to the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

Sixty two year-old Rockne Earles is charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers, and civil disorder, both felonies. He also faces six misdemeanor charges. He was first arrested in New Mexico in April.

Prosecutors say Earles grabbed and threw a Capitol police officer to the ground during the January 6th riots. He was identified from surveillance videos which showed that he was inside the Capitol for about 27 minutes.