A man waving a Confederate flag and others watch rioters storm the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021.

A man waving a Confederate flag and others watch rioters storm the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. (Robert H. Reid/Stars and Stripes)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — A former U.S. Marine from Wellington is accused of assaulting five police officers during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Michael Mackrell is accused of attacking three Washington, D.C., Metro police officers and two U.S. Capitol officers. His son was previously charged with storming the Capitol and attacking an officer.

Authorities arrested Mackrell, 41, on Thursday, and his case was fully unsealed on Friday. He is charged with assaulting an officer, entering a restricted building without lawful authority, obstructing of justice and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

U.S. District Magistrate Judge Jennifer Dowdell Armstrong ordered him released from custody on several conditions, including that he continues mental health treatment through Veterans Affairs, possesses no weapons and travels only to Washington for court appearances. His attorney, Darin Thompson, declined to comment after the hearing.

Mackrell’s case will be sent to federal court in Washington, where a hearing is scheduled for March 16.

Mackrell is one of more than 55 people from Ohio to be charged in the insurrection at the Capitol. His son, Clifford Mackrell, was previously charged in the case and has pleaded not guilty to similar charges as his father.

FBI agents wrote in court records that they recognized Michael Mackrell’s face from videos of the siege when they arrested his son on March 17, 2021.

More than 1,000 people from across the country have been charged in connection with the attack at the Capitol. A mob stormed the building to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election as president shortly after a “Stop the Steal” rally and speech from then-President Donald Trump.

Some 140 officers were assaulted during the riot, and the Justice Department has charged more than 320 people with assaulting police.

Surveillance and news cameras recorded Michael Mackrell march to the Capitol wearing a camouflage jacket, American flag gator over his face and later what appears to be a gas mask, court records say.

At 2:28 p.m., he wrapped his arm around a police officer’s neck and threw the officer to the ground. One minute later, he shoved a Metro D.C. police officer in riot gear, then tackled another officer near the Southwest Plaza, court records say.

He rushed and tackled a Metro D.C. officer about seven minutes later and tackled another officer three minutes after that, according to court records.

His son, 22, is accused of shoving back barricades and repeatedly striking a Capitol police officer. He also grabbed an officer’s mask so the officer would be exposed to another rioter’s pepper-spray, according to court records.

Michael Mackrell served in the U.S Marines from 2001-2006 and suffered a back injury during combat in 2003 in Kuwait, according to a lawsuit he filed against the Veterans Affairs in 2021.

Mackrell sued the agency after it tried to collect $262,000 from Mackrell’s $650,000 settlement he received after he sued a St. Vincent Charity Hospital doctor over a botched back surgery, according to court records.

Veterans Affairs settled the case, agreeing to collect $60,000, court records say.

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