WASHINGTON, DC — A Colts Neck man has been charged with multiple offenses, including unlawfully entering restricted grounds, obstructing a law enforcement officer, violent entry and disorderly conduct, for his alleged involvement in the U.S. Capitol riots on January 6.
Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, 30, was arrested on January 16 on a criminal complaint filed by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in the U.S. District Court, Washington, D.C. A member of the U.S. Army Reserves, he is a contractor at Naval Weapons Station Earle, where he maintains a “secret” security clearance and access to a variety of munitions, according to the complaint.
He currently is being detained on a “federal hold” at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold.
Federal authorities on January 12 received information from a confidential source that Hale-Cusanelli was present inside the Capitol when it was stormed by rioters — based on cell phone videos that he showed to the informant, an affidavit by NCIS special agent Daniel Meyers states.
Meyers was told by the informant that Hale-Cusanelli is an “avowed white supremist and Nazi sympathizer,” who posts opinion statements on YouTube and in other forums expressing extreme political views, the affidavit states.
Before traveling to Washington, D.C., for the January 6 protest and rally, the informant said that Hale-Cusanelli wrote on one of those outlets, “Trust the plan, it’s the final countdown, stay tuned next episode” and “Trust the plan, major announcement soon,” the complaint continued.
On January 14, the informant used an NCIS-approved device to record a conversation with Hale-Cusanelli in which he admitted to entering the Capitol and encouraging other members of the mob to “advance” — giving directions via both voice and hand signals. Hale-Cusanelli told the informant that if they’d had more men, they could have taken over the entire building, the affidavit said.
Hale-Cusanelli also admitted to taking a flag and flagpole that he observed another rioter throw “like a javelin” at a Capitol Police officer, which he described as a “murder weapon,” the complaint said.
As of January 21, Hale-Cusanelli is among nearly 130 defendants charged in federal court in connection with crimes allegedly committed at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Click here for the full list.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.