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More than two years later, Marine from Muncie charged in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

MUNCIE, Ind. — A Marine from Muncie has been charged with participating in the riot — on Jan. 6, 2021 — at the U.S. Capitol.

Micah Coomer, 22, is one of three active-duty Marines charged last week in a case filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

Rioters gather at the U.S. Capitol to protest certification of the election of Joe Biden on Jan. 6, 2021.
Rioters gather at the U.S. Capitol to protest certification of the election of Joe Biden on Jan. 6, 2021.

He and co-defendants Joshua Abate, from Virginia, and Dodge Dale Hellonen, of Michigan, each face four misdemeanor counts — knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

Those charges were filed on Jan. 17.

Coomer, an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems engineer most recently assigned to Camp Pendleton in California, was arrested last Wednesday in Oceanside, California.

He enlisted in the Marines in September 2018, a few months after graduating from Delta High School.

A "statement of facts" by Kelsey Randall, special agent with the FBI, alleges Coomer published on Instagram a "collection" of photos taken in the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 uprising.

Those photos carry the caption "Glad to be a part of history," Randall wrote.

Investigators also reviewed "direct message conversations," between Coomer and other Instagram users, in the wake of the November 2020 election in which Democrat Joe Biden unseated Republican President Donald Trump.

"Coomer wrote about his beliefs that the election was unfair and fraudulent," the document said.

"I just love how after years of trying to get Trump out of office by any means the left all of a sudden is going to have a 'fair' election," the Muncie Marine reportedly wrote on Nov. 7, 2020.

On Jan. 19, 2021 — almost two weeks after the Capitol riot — Coomer reportedly told a fellow Instagram user that "everything in this country is corrupt."

"We honestly need a fresh restart," he allegedly added. "I'm waiting for the boogaloo."

Asked what a "boogaloo" was, Coomer reportedly responded, "Civil War 2."

The FBI agent reported investigators used Coomer's Indiana driver's license photo to identity images of him, accompanied by the other two Marines, in the Capitol on Jan. 6.

The Marines "entered the U.S. Capitol building through the Senate Wing Door and (proceeded) to walk south down a hallway," the document said. On surveillance video, they were later seen in the Capitol Rotunda, where they reportedly placed a red "Make America Great Again" hat on a statue and took photos of it.

The men were later observed inside Statuary Hall before returning to the Rotunda, the report said. They reportedly left the building after being inside for what was estimated to be 52 minutes.

The document said a fellow Marine who had served with Coomer at a base in Virginia identified him through photos and surveillance images taken in the Capitol.

Cellphone records also indicated Coomer's phone was in the area of the Capitol at the time, the document alleged.

"The Marine Corps is fully cooperating with the appropriate authorities in support of the investigation," a spokesman told Stars and Stripes last week.

While a student at Delta, Coomer had competed in high-jump and pole-vaulting competitions as a member of the school's track team. Court records on Sunday did not reflect whether he remained in federal custody.

More than 950 people have now been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riot, conducted the day a joint session of Congress was formalizing Biden's win in the 2020 presidential election . Nearly 500 defendants have pleaded guilty to related charges.

Douglas Walker is a news reporter for The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or at

This article originally appeared on Muncie Star Press: More than two years later, Marine from Muncie charged in Capitol riot