U.P. man arrested for allegedly participating in deadly Jan. 6 riot

click to enlarge Jeremy Ryan Sorvisto inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. - FBI
Jeremy Ryan Sorvisto inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

An Upper Peninsula man accused of storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 with a pro-Trump flag has been arrested more than two months after his traveling companion was charged in the deadly riot.

Jeremy Ryan Sorvisto, of Hancock, is the eighth Michigan resident to be arrested by the FBI for allegedly participating in the insurrection. He faces charges of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing at a Capitol building.

Sorvisto drove to Washington, D.C., with Karl Dresch, of Calumet, who was the first Michigan resident charged in the insurrection.

Social media photos show the pair inside the Capitol at the time of the riot.

Sorvisto’s girlfriend, Ashely Aho, also traveled with the two men and posted photos of the trio traveling to the Capitol with the caption "#trump2020." In a Facebook message to a friend, Aho said she was worried about being arrested.

“Every time we hear someone outside we freak tf out,” she wrote. “I might get fucked.”

Aho said she didn’t go inside the Capitol, but did drink beer on the steps.

Surveillance photos appear to show Sorvisto drinking a beer inside the Capitol.

During the riot, five people died, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, and 140 officers were injured during the riot.

The FBI arrested more than 300 people for participating in the insurrection, which led to the deaths of five people, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. About 140 officers also were injured.

Michael Joseph Foy, a 30-year-old former Marine from Wixom, was charged less than a week later. Video footage shows him attacking police with a hockey stick.

James “Jimmy” Mels, 56, of Shelby Township, was arrested on Feb. 11 and charged with entering the Capitol.

Two Macomb County men – Daniel Herendeen, 43, of Chesterfield Township, and Robert Schornak, 39, of Roseville – were charged on March 18 for allegedly storming the Capitol.

Anthony Robert Williams, 45, of Southgate, was arrested on March 23. He bragged on social media that the insurrection was “the proudest day of my life.”

Jeramiah Caplinger, 25, of Taylor, was arrested on April 6 and charged with participating in the riot.

All eight Michigan residents charged in connection with the riot were Trump supporters.

Federal authorities said they believe about 800 people stormed the Capitol and pledged to continue making arrests.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling is an award-winning investigative journalist who operated Motor City Muckraker, an online news site devoted to exposing abuses of power and holding public officials accountable. Neavling also hosted Muckraker Report on 910AM from September 2017 to July 2018. Before launching Motor City Muckraker,...
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