Arizona resident arrested in US Capitol riot is released, ordered not to associate with Proud Boys

Anne Ryman
Arizona Republic
A federal complaint alleges that Arizona resident Micajah Joel Jackson, highlighted in the red box, walked with a group of individuals led by Proud Boys organizer Joe Biggs, toward the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

An Arizona resident who was arrested by federal authorities after they allege he illegally entered the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 has been released from custody and ordered not to associate with the Proud Boys. 

Federal court documents made public Wednesday said Phoenix resident Micajah Joel Jackson has been released from custody pending a May 24 court appearance. As part of his release conditions, he agreed to "not associate with the Proud Boys or any person the defendant knows to be associated with the Proud Boys." 

The Proud Boys is a far-right group with a history of violent confrontations. Jackson, in a March interview with FBI agents, denied being affiliated with the group. 

He faces federal charges of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds and violent entry and disorderly conduct. His next court appearance has been set for 1 p.m. Monday before Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.  

A 17-page federal complaint unsealed Tuesday alleges photographs show Jackson walking on the day of the U.S. Capitol riot near the Washington Monument with members of the Proud Boys. As the group neared the Capitol, the complaint alleges Jackson walked next to an individual who yelled through a bullhorn, "Whose streets?" The group responds by yelling back, "Our streets."

The federal complaint said Proud Boys organizer Joe Biggs, who is also facing federal charges, is at the front of a group. 

Some photos taken on Jan. 6 show Jackson wearing an orange armband. The federal complaint alleges Jackson admitted to FBI agents that the Proud Boys from Arizona gave him the armband, but he has denied being affiliated. 

The federal complaint said Jackson was part of a group that breached police barricades and flooded into the plaza. The insurrection sent lawmakers scrambling for safety and delayed Congress from certifying the presidential election of Democrat Joe Biden.

Videos and photos appear to show Jackson inside Capitol hallways and the National Statutory Hall, one of the most popular rooms in the U.S. Capitol. 

A federal complaint alleges that Micajah Joel Jackson (blue flannel shirt, yellow gloves and baseball hat) walked through various areas of the U.S. Capitol building, including the hallway leading to the National Statuary Hall and the National Statuary Hall on Jan. 6, 2021, the day of the Capitol riot.

He told FBI agents in a March 24 interview at his home that he traveled alone to Washington, D.C., to attend the rally. He admitted the Proud Boys of Arizona gave him the orange armband but stated that he "did not know and was not associated with the Proud Boys prior to January 6, 2021."

He told FBI agents he just wanted to meet up with other people from Arizona and that he is not affiliated with the Proud Boys and does not support their ideology.

Jackson and his attorney, Todd Romero, did not return phone calls and emails seeking comment from The Arizona Republic.

Public records indicate the 25-year-old Jackson lives in Laveen, which is in southwest Phoenix.

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