Manchester, VT man arrested for Jan. 6 assault on cops

A Vermont man has been arrested on felony charges, including assaulting several law enforcement officers during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Department of Justice officials said Feb. 1.

His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election, the DOJ statement said.

William Arthur Nichols, Jr., 41, of Manchester is charged in a criminal complaint filed in the District of Columbia with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers; civil disorder; entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a dangerous weapon; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a dangerous weapon; engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds with a dangerous weapon; impeding passage through the Capitol grounds or building; and act of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or building.

He was arrested February 1 in Vermont.

According to court documents, on Jan. 6, 2021, Nichols was among a mob illegally massed on the west front of the Capitol grounds. Nichols can be seen on several occasions engaging in violent interactions with police officers.  After approaching a line of police officers who were protecting the Capitol building, Nichols worked his way to the front of the rioters while wielding a large circular shield. He used the shield to push and hit officers over the course of several hours. 

This 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. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont.

The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Richmond Field Office-Fredericksburg Resident Agency and the FBI’s Washington Field Office which identified Nichols as #243 on it seeking information poster. Valuable assistance was provided by the FBI’s Albany Field Office, the U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.

In the 24 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 950 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 284 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement.

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  1. Just curious. Was this guy on ‘the bus’ with Greg Thayer and the others?

    • No he wasn’t…. and the reason I know this is because both my wife and I were on the same bus with Gregory. And according to scott both my wife and I are domestic terriorist.

  2. Funny they found this dastardly criminal but can’t find…

    An internal investigation conducted by the Supreme Court of approximately 100 staff members we still have no idea who leaked the decision.

    As of yet their there have been no arrests by the DOJ as to who were firebombing and vandalizing prolife centers all across the country.

    They found and persecuted almost everyone who attended the Jan. 6th protest using GPS fencing and facial recognition, yet the bomber is still at large.

    During the Ghislaine Maxwell trial neither her nor any of the four women who testified against her at the trial told who were the men that molested them.

    There is still no timeline for this incident.

    It remains unclear whether a secret life led Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old wealthy, retired accountant with a penchant for gambling, to open fire on a Las Vegas music festival crowd and kill 58 people and injure 500 others before turning the gun on himself.
    Police are continuing to search for clues on what would trigger him to commit the deadliest US shooting in recent history. Paddock also wired $100,000 (£75,400) to his girlfriend while she was in the Philippines and instructed her to buy a house with the cash, removing her from the final stages of his plan.

    She deleted 33,000 e-mails which were under subpoena but was never charged for destroying evidence.

    • The rest of C docs that certain people were given ample time to remove

  3. According to CBS news an estimated 350 NYC police officers were injured in protests that took place after the death of George Floyd.

  4. You can bet he wont be sharing a prison cell with any antifa radicals who have committed similarly violent acts against law enforcement. Whether you burn a police car or throw frozen urine at a peace officer in the name of George Floyd or you shove an officer because you feel that an election was stolen, one could make the argument that the protest was being conducted in the cause of civil rights violations.

  5. So, will each of you posting consider stirring a Vermont Stong concerned citizen group in your school district. There needs to be teaming efforts. You’ve got the concerned citizen part down pat, but might you team with others to get some local grassroots traction – that’s action with some tract and tact to make sure FREEDOM & UNITY remain our foundations.

  6. I will pray for Mr. Nichols. I will pray for a hedge of protection around him and his family. An American citizen arrested two years after the fact will not be granted due process under the law. A fact for all the other political prisoners being held for years now in federal prisons across this country. Washington DC operates as a foreign, captured territory and the Justice Department is anything but when it comes to the US Constitution. For those who are cheering the arrests and murders of US citizens denied equal protection under the law, be mindful it can happen to your side just the same if “they” decide you are a threat – they can do it to anyone and who is going to stop them?