Fernandina Beach man arrested for alleged role in U.S. Capitol riot

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. — Federal investigators say a man seen on video wearing a ‘God, Guns and Trump’ hoodie inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6 is Jeffrey Register, 38, of Fernandina Beach, FL.

Prosecutors say Register can be seen on video ignoring the commands of U.S. Capitol police to leave the building, and is also seen running past police as they tried to push back an oncoming crowd.

Tuesday, Register turned himself in on three federal misdemeanors.

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He then made his first appearance before a federal judge in downtown Jacksonville.

Register’s charges:

  • Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds without Lawful Authority
  • Knowingly Engaging in Disorderly or Disruptive Conduct in any Restricted Building or Grounds
  • Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds

Register was granted a conditional release by the court, including a $25,000 signature bond, and the condition of having to submit to drug testing after testing positive for marijuana.

Conditions of Register’s release include:

  • $25,000 signature bond
  • Travel limited to the Middle District of Florida
  • May not travel to Washington DC, except for court or attorney visits
  • Must give up access to firearms
  • GPS monitoring
  • Drug testing
  • May not acquire new travel documents including a passport

Action News Jax asked Register for his side of the story as he walked out of court.

He had no response.

Documents say Register admitted to the FBI he was the man in the video.

“… After initially denying entering the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, Register ultimately admitted to having entered the Capitol building,” reads a federal statement of facts. “Register was shown the photograph below and confirmed that he was the individual in that photograph with glasses and a sweatshirt …”

According to the documents, Register admitted to resetting his phone to delete photos tying him to the Capitol on January 6.

“… Register then admitted that he deleted photographs from his phone and claimed to have ‘factory reset’ his cellphone in order to, in his words, delete what might be proof that he entered the building,” the statement of facts reads.

Documents also say investigators tracked Register’s cell phone to the Capitol through his ‘Gmail’ account after getting a search warrant for Google.

“... According to records obtained through a search warrant served on Google LLC, a mobile device associated with *******1982@gmail.com was present at the U.S. Capitol on

January 6, 2021. The name associated with that account, according to Google, is ‘Jeffrey Register,’” documents state.

The documents say Register admitted his goal for entering the Capitol was to affect Congress’s decision on certifying the 2020 Presidential vote.

But in court Register’s attorney said the statement attributed to him about going to Washington D.C. to impact the vote certification was not accurate.

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Action News Jax asked Register to clarify why he believed statements attributed to him were inaccurate, but he did not respond.

If convicted of all three charges, Register could face up to two and a half years in prison, and/or fines up to $205,000.