Max Abrahms in BBC News: Capitol riots: How many arrests so far?
It’s been over a week since the Capitol Hill riot – how much progress have law enforcement made with bringing the perpetrators to justice?
More than 170 case files have been opened and 70 people charged so far, said Michael Sherwin, US Attorney for the District of Columbia.
Some of the misdemeanour charges filed so far are “just the beginning”, he said, with officials looking at “significant felony cases” tied to sedition and conspiracy.
As Northeastern University’s Max Abrahms, a political-science professor who studies counterterrorism, explains, it can take time to track down a suspect – for a variety of reasons.
“This could be an individual who doesn’t have a lot of friends or colleagues,” Abrahms says.
“It could also be that the people who know him are sympathetic to him. The people who know him – it could be that they have his back.”