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Covington man charged in U.S. Capitol riot placed on home arrest
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Covington man charged in U.S. Capitol riot placed on home arrest

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Haynes in Crypt

According to an affidavit filed in federal court, this still image taken from a video shows a man later identified as Joshua Dillon Haynes on Jan. 6 in the U.S. Capitol Crypt.

A Covington man has been placed on home arrest while he awaits trial on charges of participating in the Jan. 6 invasion of the nation’s Capitol.

Joshua Dillon Haynes was also ordered to receive a mental health evaluation after appearing in Washington, D.C.’s federal court Thursday via a virtual hearing, according to court records.

Haynes is one of more than 300 people — including three others from Western Virginia — who have been charged with storming the Capitol building while Congress met to certify the results of an election in which Donald Trump was defeated by now-President Joe Biden.

The insurrection happened after Trump told thousands of his supporters to “fight like hell” against an election that he still insists was stolen from him. There has been no evidence to support his allegations of widespread voter fraud.

Earlier this month, Haynes was charged with entering the Capitol building without permission, disorderly conduct, obstructing an official proceeding and damaging the equipment of news media crews that were covering the uprising.

Magistrate Judge Michael Harvey ordered Haynes to stay in his home except for court appearances and other court-approved appointments, pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 28.

Harvey’s order prohibits Haynes from possessing a “firearm, destructive device or other weapon.” It also instructs him to undergo a mental health evaluation and comply with any recommendation for treatment.

According to court documents unsealed July 1, authorities have obtained videos from surveillance cameras and personal cellphones that show Haynes smashing cameras, lights and tripods that journalists abandoned as the unruly crowd entered the Capitol building.

“They had to run away from us and leave their equipment so we destroyed it,” Hayes allegedly wrote in a text that was recovered by federal agents.

He is also charged with entering the Capitol, and a photograph shows him wearing a mask while standing in the office of an unidentified U.S. senator, authorities say in court papers.

Two former Rocky Mount police officers, who were fired shortly after the riot, and an Elliston man also face charges in the case.

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Laurence Hammack covers environmental issues, including the Mountain Valley Pipeline, and business and enterprise stories. He has been a reporter for The Roanoke Times for more than three decades.

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