On the eve of the anniversary of the January 6 riot at the United States Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, a Port Orchard man was arrested for allegedly participating in the effort that disrupted the certification of the election of President Joe Biden.
John M. Cameron is the third Kitsap County man known to be charged with riot-related crimes described as a failure in the peaceful transfer of power between presidents and a factor that led to the United States being named as a retrograde democracy.
The Kitsap Sun called the phone numbers listed for Cameron on Thursday and emailed a lawyer representing him, but did not receive an immediate response.
Officers investigating the violence that resulted from the “Stop the Steal” rally were led to Cameron from a tip two days after the riot saying he had posted on Facebook about his own involvement.
Cameron’s social media accounts describe him as a real estate broker. On Wednesday, the day of his arrest, he wrote on Facebook: “Huge and busy day for me that I will remember for as long as (sic) remembers January 6th.”
Cameron was chosen from the crowd in surveillance footage showing a middle-aged white man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and cape depicting the American flag.
Investigators say Cameron entered the United States Capitol building through the Senate wing door, stayed for 22 minutes, then left by climbing through a broken window.
Several messages Cameron allegedly posted to his social media accounts were included in court documents, including selfies showing him preparing for the day and a video he subsequently made at what appears to be a train station.
“Was it pretty?” No. Did he make a statement? Yes, ”Cameron said in the video, according to court documents.
“He said he didn’t know who broke the doors on Capitol Hill,” an investigator wrote of the video. “He also said it was a fun, exciting, interesting and historic event.”
In another article included in court documents, Cameron wrote: “The least safe I felt was coming back to take (a) train, a little BLMer antifa told me FU on a Vespa traveling in the direction opposite. “
Documents filed in the Western District of Washington charge Cameron with four crimes: entering and staying in a building or restricted property; disorderly and disruptive behavior in a building or on a restricted site; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; parade, demonstrate or picket in the Capitol.
Cameron on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to all charges in U.S. District Court for the Western Washington District in Tacoma. He was sentenced to appear Jan. 18 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Besides Cameron, in November David Charles Rhine of Bremerton was charged with participating in the riot. Authorities alleged he was found inside the Capitol with knives and pepper spray. Like Cameron, Rhine has been charged after being exposed to federal investigators by informants who reported social media posts about his involvement.
In February, a month after the riot, Taylor James Johnatakis of Kingston was accused of participating in the riot, but he later said he was neither a racist nor a member of the Proud Boys.
This article originally appeared on Kitsap Sun: The Port Orchard real estate broker is the third Kitsap man charged with crimes in the January 6 riot