California man charged in Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot flees to Belarus By Reuters

California man charged in Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot flees to Belarus By Reuters
California man charged in Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot flees to Belarus© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Police release tear gas into a crowd of pro-Trump protesters during clashes at a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S, January 6

By Mark Hosenball and Steve Gorman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A California man charged with assaulting police in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and using a metal barricade as a battering ram has fled the United States and is believed to have taken refuge in Belarus, federal prosecutors said on Friday.

Evan Neumann, 49, was indicted on Friday on 14 criminal counts stemming from the deadly Capitol siege by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, expanding on charges originally contained in a criminal complaint filed against Neumann in March.

Neumann,…

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