Isaac Sturgeon, a national from the United States who fled to Kenya after allegedly participating in the white supremacist mob attack in the January 6th, 2021 chaos at the Capitol in Washington was this weekend deported from Nairobi, Kenya.
The 32-year-old man was deported on Friday by Kenyan immigration and police after they were informed he was in Nairobi, where he had been since January 24th, with plans to stay there until April, as he was apparently on holiday
Sturgeon is accused of picking up a metal barricade at the US Capitol and using it to shove back police officers who were guarding the building.
He then tried to crawl under barriers to get into the Capitol, according to federal investigators.
On arrival in New York City, Sturgeon was promptly arrested by the FBI, who were waiting for him at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Sturgeon, who is a business owner from Montana, is now facing charges of obstruction of justice, civil disorder, engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds and assaulting or resisting officers.
Sturgeon told a federal magistrate Monday he “wasn’t trying to flee,” adding he’s a frequent traveler.
His defense attorney declined to comment on the charges.
Prosecutors are expected to ask a federal judge to detain him without bond pending trial.
According to the FBI, a warrant to arrest Sturgeon was issued on February 5 on the planned charges.
“As captured on D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (“MPD”) Body-Worn Camera (“BWC”), on January 6, 2021, Sturgeon was on the grounds of the United States Capitol Building wearing a green jacket, green scarf, grey knit hat and dark backpack,” reads part of the documents.
On January 16, 2021, the FBI posted to its website a photograph of Sturgeon, among others, seeking the public’s assistance in identifying him.
Prosecutors said Sturgeon faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.