“Hallelujah, mission accomplished,” said an Ohio pastor who stormed the Capitol building on January 6th by pushing a metal barricade into police officers. The Justice Department said he was arrested by the FBI and charged with felony and misdemeanor charges.
Online sleuths identified William Dunfee, 57, a church pastor at New Beginnings Ministries Warsaw, before his arrest on Wednesday.
He was the man seen on video recorded by another rioter on January 6 telling officers that the mob was going to take over the U.S. Capitol steps.
According to an FBI affidavit, Dunfee apparently informed other rioters that they were “taking our house.” “It’s time for the American people to take action since this election was stolen right in front of our eyes.”
The video shows Dunfee telling other rioters, “Today is the day that these elected leaders learn that we are no longer playing games.”
“We’ll defend our nation by speaking up. We are defending our liberties. We’re defending our president by speaking up. And today is the day that the senators and congressmen understand that we won’t tolerate this situation continuing any longer.”
Dunfee said that elected officials “ought to fear us.” “Mister law enforcement officer, we need you to grasp something. We want Donald Trump, and if he doesn’t come, we’ll take our house,” Dunfee said.
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The FBI affidavit and video appear to show Dunfee and other rioters pushing the metal barricade into the police officers before breaking through. Dunfee followed the mob to the Capitol’s eastern steps.
“Hallelujah,” Dunfee shouted as another rioter announced that they had prevented Congress from certifying the election.” He was seen later telling the crowd, “Mission accomplished.”
According to NBC News, Dunfee was a business partner with Cross Builders LLC in Ohio. He was easily recognized before he wore the company’s jacket while storming the Capitol on January 6th, 2021.
The FBI said that they received many tips from even his church members about his plans to obstruct the official proceeding. The FBI referenced a video of Dunfee discussing his preparations before the January 6 attack on the Facebook page of New Beginnings Ministries Warsaw, where he served as pastor.
“We will appear in the Capitol Building on January 6th, correct? We will make it clear that we won’t stand by and let an election be stolen,” he said to his congregation.
In addition to being charged with obstructing an official proceeding, Dunfee is also charged with interfering with law enforcement during a civil disorder.