The man whom authorities call the “ringleader” in the recent attempt to destroy a statue of former president Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square was arrested on Thursday.
Law-enforcement sources said the suspect, Jason Charter, was apprehended at his residence on charges of destruction of federal property. The sources say Charter has ties to Antifa and led a group of vandals who tried to pull the statue down on the night of June 22.
“They were very organized,” said a federal law enforcement official. “Charter was on top of the statue and directing people…. They had acid, chisels, straps and a human chain preventing police from getting to the statue.”