Utah man charged in connection with breach of U.S. Capitol arrested again

This Department of Justice photo is said to show Apple Valley resident Landon Kenneth Copeland in Washington, D.C. Copeland is charged with being involved with the Jan. 6, 2021 riot and breach on the U.S. Capitol.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah, May 12, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — A Utah man charged in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021 riot and breach of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. has been arrested again.

Landon Kenneth Copeland, 33, of Apple Valley, in Washington County, was initially released as he awaited trial. According to records, Copeland was booked into the Washington County Jail in Hurricane Tuesday at 3:19 p.m. for allegedly violating the terms of his release.

He is scheduled to appear in federal court Wednesday in St. George.

Copeland is facing federal charges including:

  • Assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers
  • Obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder
  • Knowingly entering or remaining on restricted grounds
  • Violent entry of the Capitol
  • Disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds

Copeland was arrested April 29 and made his initial court appearance hours later in Utah, the statement said.

According to court documents, Copeland entered the Capitol grounds on Jan. 6 where he assaulted law enforcement officers and obstructed their efforts to carry out their duties, a Department of Justice statement said.

“According to U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) footage, Copeland shouted at officers and pushed another crowd member into the police line before being pushed back,” the statement said.

“Shortly after, Copeland was involved in a tug-of-war style struggle with police over a metal bike rack fence barricade. After one or more officers deployed a chemical irritant, Copeland tossed the bike rack toward multiple law enforcement officers.”

The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section, the court statement said, adding assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah.

The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, which listed Copeland as #56 on their seeking information photos, as well as the Metropolitan Police Department, with assistance provided by the FBI’s Salt Lake City Field Office.

Utahns previously charged in connection with the U.S. Capitol assault are Salt Lake County resident John Sullivan, St. George resident Brady Knowlton, Kaysville resident and former Salt Lake City Police Officer Michael Lee Hardin, and Toquerville resident Willard Jake Peart.


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