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A Morgantown sandwich shop owner and a man from State College are charged with assaulting the Capitol Police officer who died following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol; KDKA's Paul Martino reports.

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STACY SMITH: In regards to that other breaking news story, the owner of a Morgantown sandwich shop and a man from State College are charged with assaulting a Capitol Police officer who died following the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

Neither man is charged with homicide, but Paul Martino's live now in Morgantown this evening with more on one of the accused attackers. Paul?

PAUL MARTINO: Yeah, Stacey, George Tanios owns the Sandwich U, it's right across the street from me. And it's closed today because Tanios is in federal custody. The FBI believes Tanios and another man sprayed chemicals on that Capitol Hill police officer who died.

George Tanios is 39 years old and owns a sandwich shop on the edge of the WVU campus. Folks we spoke with say they're glad someone's finally arrested in connection with the death.

CHARLES CORWIN: I'd say he needs to be arrested, let's put it that way. Yeah, I think so. Yeah, I don't-- I didn't like that, the way that he went down there at the Capitol.

PAUL MARTINO: The FBI says bodycam video shows Tanios removing a bear spray canister from a backpack and handing it to Julian Khater of State College, just before officer Brian Sicknick was doused. Sicknick later died. The cause of death is pending, but the anger continues.

One woman tells us she's not completely surprised that someone local could be involved.

ARTIS CORWIN: I'm not surprised. This area has a lot of people that were very much supporting Trump, to almost a like a mental disease, in a way.

PAUL MARTINO: When we started asking questions at the sandwich shop, a man who identified himself as a manager told us there would be no interviews.

- Yeah, well, I mean, I heard you too. You're still asking, so.

PAUL MARTINO: Tanios made a brief appearance in federal court in Clarksburg today. He remains in federal custody, at least until he has a detention hearing. That's scheduled for Thursday.

Live in Morgantown, Paul Martino, KDKA News.