SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Missouri locksmith was charged Wednesday in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, prosecutors say.
Isaac Samuel Yoder, owner of Nevada, Missouri, business “Yoder Lock and Key,” was featured in several photographs inside the Capitol building wearing a George Washington costume.
According to federal officials, Yoder was identified through a tip to the FBI National Threat Operations Center that stated, “I was made aware that an individual that works at Yoder locksmith in Nevada, Missouri was involved in the storming of the Capitol on Jan 6th. I am unsure of the gentleman’s first name but know the day of the event he was inside the Capitol and was dressed as George Washington.”
Agents then compared his driver’s license photo to the photo of the costume-clad man in the Capitol on January 6th.
The pictures matched, and Yoder was contacted by FBI agents to conduct an interview. Yoder agreed to an interview with FBI agents at the Joplin Resident Agency.
During the interview, Yoder explained that he had entered the Capitol building through a west-facing door after seeing broken glass and barricades.
He said the situation seemed to be “somewhat under control” by the time he entered the building and that many people were standing around taking pictures and videos.
Yoder said that he exited the same way he entered.
He stated that he later learned that his brothers, who had attended the Trump rally with him, had been exposed to tear gas, and one was hit by rubber bullets.
He brought the costume and his phone to the interview, and agents were able to determine that it was the same one worn during the riot.
Yoder has been charged with knowingly entering a restricted building and attempting to disrupt Government business with disorderly conduct or parading, demonstrating, or picketing inside a Capitol building.
Yoder was arrested on August 4th in Springfield.