Morgantown Man Arrested For Assault Of Capitol Police Officer Who Died After Riots
George Tanios, a 39-year-old Morgantown resident and restaurant owner, has been arrested and charged in the assault of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, according to federal court documents.
Tanios and Julian Khater, 32, of Pennsylvania, were arrested on Sunday. Tanios appeared virtually before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Aloi of the Northern District of West Virginia for an initial appearance.
Aloi informed Tanios of his rights and appointed two federal public defenders, Richard Walker and Beth Gross, as counsel.
Tanios is being held at Central Regional Jail after the government requested he be detained. A detention hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
“Give me that bear s--t,” Khater said to Tanios on recorded video during the Jan. 6 riots before spraying the chemical several times onto law enforcement officers, arrest papers said.
The two men are charged with nine counts, including the assault on Sicknick, who died the next day from his injuries. According to the Associated Press, investigators initially thought a fire extinguisher hit Sicknick in the head, but in recent weeks, investigators now believe he may have ingested a chemical substance.
Tanios has operated Sandwich U in Morgantown for over a decade. Tanios was identified to the FBI by a former business partner who is in a legal dispute over the reported embezzlement of $435,000 from their former business, the arrest papers said.
Authorities were able to partly identify Tanios because he was wearing a hoodie with the “Sandwich University” logo of his restaurant during the attack on the Capitol.
In his now-deleted LinkedIn profile, Tanios lists “Sandwich Nazi” under his educational experience.
Dave Mistich contributed to this report.
This story was updated at 4:17 p.m. on Monday.