WASHINGTON – A Florida man was arrested yesterday for assaulting law enforcement officers during the breach of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, which disrupted a joint session of the US Congress that was verifying and to count the electoral votes related to the presidential election.

Steven Miles, 39, of Zephyrhills, Fla., is charged in a criminal complaint filed in the District of Columbia with assaulting, resisting or obstructing officers, civil disturbance, physical violence in a building or restricted area with a dangerous weapon, and related offences. He was arrested in Zephyrhills and made his first appearance yesterday in the Middle District of Florida. He was released pending further proceedings in the District of Columbia.

According to court documents, on Jan. 6, Miles marched in a group toward the Capitol, eventually making their way to the restricted grounds on the west side of the building. There, he and other rioters engaged in a confrontation with policemen who were protecting the Capitol. During this confrontation, Miles shoved and attempted to hit police officers. He then climbed the stairs leading to the upper west terrace of the Capitol. At around 2:13 p.m., other rioters smashed a window on one of the Senate wing doors. A handful of people then entered the building through the broken window and opened the door to the Senate wing. Meanwhile, other rioters, including Miles, continued to smash the window on the other side of the Senate wing door. Miles smashed a wooden plank in the window, then entered the building through that broken window. He walked briefly through the building and then exited through another door.

A co-defendant, Matthew LeBrun, 33, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was arrested today on related misdemeanor charges. He is scheduled to appear later today in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. Valuable assistance was provided by the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Florida and the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

The case is being investigated by FBI field offices in Tampa and New Orleans. Valuable assistance was provided by the FBI’s field office in Washington, the Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Capitol Police.

In the 15 months since Jan. 6, 2021, nearly 800 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 250 people charged with assaulting or obstructing the ‘law application. The investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.

An indictment or complaint is only an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.