Washington D.C. police and federal investigators have released 38 images of individuals suspected of unlawful entry during a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol carried out on Wednesday (January 6) during the final Congressional vote recording for the 2020 general election. One of them is a photo of ICED EARTH guitarist and leader Jon Schaffer.
“Anyone who can identify these individuals or has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE line at 50411,” the department wrote in an online posting asking for help. “The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.”
This past November, Schaffer identified himself to the German daily newspaper Die Welt, which posted a picture of the guitarist in the crowd at a Washington, D.C. demonstration supporting President Donald Trump and protesting the election results.
At the time, Die Welt journalist Carolina Drüten erroneously referred Schaffer as “John Schaper” but did correctly note that he traveled from his home state of Indiana to attend the event.