Port Orchard real estate broker is third Kitsap man accused of crimes at Jan. 6 riot

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The day before the anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by former President Donald Trump supporters, a Port Orchard man was arrested for allegedly participating in the effort that disrupted the certification of President Joe Biden’s election.

John M. Cameron is the third Kitsap County man known to be accused of crimes related to the riot described as a failure to peacefully transfer power between presidents and a factor that led to the United States to be designated as a backsliding democracy.

On Thursday the Kitsap Sun called phone numbers listed for Cameron and sent an email to an attorney representing him but did not receive an immediate response.

Investigators included social media posts by John M. Cameron, of Port Orchard, in court documents.
Investigators included social media posts by John M. Cameron, of Port Orchard, in court documents.

Agents investigating the violence that came from the “Stop the Steal” rally were led to Cameron from a tip two days after the riot saying he had been posting on Facebook about his own participation.

Social media accounts for Cameron describe him as a real estate broker. On Wednesday, the day of his arrest, he wrote on Facebook: "Huge and busy day for me that I'll remember as long as (sic) will remember January 6th."

Cameron was picked out of the crowd in surveillance footage showing a white, middle-aged man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and an American flag cape.

Investigators say Cameron entered the U.S. Capitol building through the Senate wing door, remained for 22 minutes, then left by climbing out a broken window.

Multiple posts Cameron allegedly made to his social media accounts were included in court documents, including selfies showing him preparing for the day and a video he made afterward in what appears to be a train station.

“‘Was it pretty? No. Did it make a statement? Yes,” Cameron said in the video, according to court documents.

Investigators identified the person seen at the Capitol riot as John M. Cameron, of Port Orchard, after receiving a tip that Cameron was posting about the riot on Facebook.
Investigators identified the person seen at the Capitol riot as John M. Cameron, of Port Orchard, after receiving a tip that Cameron was posting about the riot on Facebook.

“He said he didn’t know who had broken the doors down at the Capitol building,” an investigator wrote of the video. “He also said it was a fun, exciting, interesting and historic event.”

In another post included in court documents, Cameron wrote: “The least safe I felt was when walking back to catch (a) train I was told F U by a little antifa BLMer on a Vespa who was traveling the opposite direction.”

Documents filed in the Western District of Washington accuse Cameron of four crimes: entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a capitol building; parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a capitol building.

On Wednesday Cameron pleaded not guilty to all the charges in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Tacoma. He was ordered to appear on Jan. 18 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Aside from Cameron, in November, David Charles Rhine of Bremerton was charged for participating in the riot. Authorities alleged he was found inside the Capitol with knives and pepper spray. Like Cameron, Rhine was accused after being outed to federal investigators by tipsters who reported social media posts about his participation.

In February, a month after the riot, Taylor James Johnatakis of Kingston was charged for participating in the riot, but he later said he was not a racist or a member of the Proud Boys.

This article originally appeared on Kitsap Sun: Port Orchard real estate broker is third Kitsap man accused of crimes at Jan. 6 riot

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