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FBI arrests Sandpoint man on charges related to Capitol riots

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Posted at 1:19 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 15:19:35-05

SANDPOINT, Idaho — The FBI announced that Special Agents arrested a Sandpoint man on Friday morning related to an arrest warrant issued by the United States Court District of District Columbia.

According to a news release from the FBI, Michael Pope was arrested on the following charges:

  • Obstructing or Impeding Any Official Proceeding
  • Civil Disorder
  • Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds
  • Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds
  • Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
  • Impeding Passage Through the Capitol Grounds or Buildings
  • Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building.

Pope surrendered to FBI agents and was taken into custody without incident. His initial court appearance is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday via Zoom at the U.S. District Court in Boise.

The release says FBI Special Agents from the Kansas City FBI, members of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and officers with the Topeka Police Department arrested Pope's brother of Topeka, Kansas, on the same charges.

Pope is the second Idaho man to face charges related to the Capitol riots. Josiah Colt turned himself into the Ada County Sheriff's Office and was arraigned in January. Court documents show Colt was indicted on four charges, including a felony.