The FBI is searching for a Florida woman who was scheduled to go on trial Monday on charges related to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack, as well as another riot suspect who is now missing, officials said.
A federal judge in Washington last week issued bench warrants for the arrests of Olivia Pollock and Joseph Hutchinson III after the court was told they tampered with or removed ankle monitors that track their location, said Joe Boland, the supervising special agent. Lakeland, Florida office of the FBI.
Boland said the FBI made a recovery after removing the defendants’ ankle monitors, but declined to say whether it was Pollock’s or Hutchinson’s. As of Monday afternoon, the FBI had not found any of them, he said.
Olivia Pollock of Lakeland, Jan. 6 is the sister of the defendant, Jonathan Pollock, who has been on the lam for several months. The FBI has offered a reward of up to $30,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his brother, who is accused of assaulting multiple police officers during the riot.
Olivia Pollock and Joseph Hutchinson were initially arrested in 2021 and charged with five counts of assault and other crimes against law enforcement. Hutchinson is representing himself at trial and an attorney assigned to assist him as standby counsel declined to comment Monday.
Olivia Pollock’s lawyer, Elita Amato, said Monday that her client had “sincerely assisted in her defense for her upcoming trial prior to her disappearance.”
Authorities are encouraged to contact the FBI with information on their whereabouts.
Olivia Pollock, who was wearing a ballistic plate-carrier vest during the riot, is accused of elbowing an officer in the chest and trying to dislodge the officer’s baton during the scuffle. Jonathan Pollock is accused of throwing a riot shield over an officer’s face and neck, dragging an officer down the steps and punching others.
Authorities said Hutchinson pulled over a fence that allowed other rioters to swarm police to try to protect the Capitol, punched one officer and grabbed another by the arm before pushing the officer out of his way.
Hutchinson, who now lives in Georgia, was scheduled to stand trial in August. The judge on Monday also rescheduled Olivia Pollock’s trial for August.
Also on Monday, a Colorado man pleaded guilty to using a chemical spray to attack police officers who were trying to disperse the crowd.
Robert Giswin, of Woodland Park, Colorado, is scheduled to be sentenced on June 9. Estimated sentencing guidelines for Giswen recommended a prison term of three years and five months to four years and three months, according to his plea agreement.
Gieswein wore a helmet, flak jacket and goggles and carried a baseball bat as he stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. He marched from the Washington Monument to the building with members of the far-right Proud Boys group.
Gieswein repeatedly sprayed an “aerosol irritant” at police officers, pushed against a line of police and was one of the first rioters to enter the Capitol, according to the lawsuit filed with his guilty plea to the assault charge.
Federal authorities said Giswin appeared to be a member of the Three Percent militia movement and ran a private paramilitary training group called the Woodland Wild Dogs.