Nicholas Languerand

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Nicholas Languerand
This widely re-published social media post was used to convict Capitol rioter Nicholas Languerand.
This widely re-published social media post was used to convict Capitol rioter Nicholas Languerand.
Born 1995 (age 25–26)
Nationality USA
Other names Nicholas John Languerand
Known for pled guilty to participating in the January 6, 2021 deadly break in at the US Capitol
The FBI compiled images of Nicholas Languerand assaulting Poice defending the US Capitol.

Nicholas Languerand is an American who posted pictures of himself participating in the January 6, 2021, attempts to occupy the US Capitol.[1] The Federal Bureau of Investigation received a tip to examine his social media posts on February 26, 2021. According to WLOX one picture he posted was captioned “‘Remember this day forever.’ I love you guys. Ask me about the….”[2] He was arrested, on April 15, 2021.[3] His initial charges included "assaulting, resisting or impeding an officer using a dangerous weapon and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds."

In a post to the reddit site he compared critics of the rioters to SS soldiers oppressing Jews, writing.[1]

“My name is Nicholas Languerand and I am a proud Patriot. Where We Go One, We Go All. Only true fascists censor and slander the opposition. You are doing precisely what SS soldiers and sympathizers would’ve done to Jews in 1940s Germany. God is watching.”[1]

An FBI agent who reviewed his posts, and compared them with other photos and video from the day said she found images of Languerand assaulting Police officers.[1][2][4]

On May 18, 2021, the Post and Courier reported at least five other South Carolinians faced charges for their participation in the riot.[5] Federal Magistrate Judge Thomas Rogers III order Languerand to remain in custody. When his house was searched investigators found an AR-15 assault rifle with an extra capacity 60 round magazine, in addition to "tactical gear", drugs and "Qanon memorabilia."[6]

On August 6, 2021, WMBF News reported Languerand's lawyers had sought bail.[7] Languerand's record of not showing up in court for previous unrelated charges.[6]

Languerand's sentencing is scheduled for January 20, 2022.[8] His maximum sentence would be 20 years. He may also face a fine of up to $250,000.

WPDE reported, on April 20, 2021, that Languerand had moved to South Carolina in January 2021.|[6] They reported he had previously lived in Vermont, where a woman had been given a restraining order against him, following threatening to kill her.

WPDE reported he served in the United States Army in 2016 and 2017.[9] They reported that, although the Army declined to confirm the kind of discharge he was given, he had served less than two years.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Meredith Helline; Kristin Nelson; Jennifer Roberts (2021-04-15). "Instagram post leads to Little River man’s arrest for alleged role in deadly Capitol riots". WLOX (Horry County, South Carolina). Archived from the original on 2021-11-05. https://web.archive.org/web/20211105033843/https://www.wlox.com/2021/04/15/instagram-post-leads-little-river-mans-arrest-alleged-role-deadly-capitol-riots/. Retrieved 2021-11-04. "The criminal complaint shows that the FBI received a tip on Feb. 26 that Languerand had posted a picture on Instagram of himself at the U.S. Capitol riots on Jan. 6. The Instagram post states, “‘Remember this day forever.’ I love you guys. Ask me about the….”" 
  2. 2.0 2.1 redacted (2021-04-15). "STATEMENT OF FACTS". Department of Justice. Archived from the original on 2021-10-11. https://web.archive.org/web/20211011102907/https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/case-multi-defendant/file/1388821/download. Retrieved 2021-11-04. 
  3. Courtney Rowles (2021-11-03). "Little River man pleads guilty to assaulting law enforcement during Capitol riots". WLOS (Columbia, South Carolina). Archived from the original on 2021-11-04. https://web.archive.org/web/20211104144221/https://wlos.com/news/local/little-river-man-pleads-guilty-to-assaulting-law-enforcement-during-capitol-riots. Retrieved 2021-11-04. "He was arrested on April 15 and will be sentenced on Jan. 20, 2022. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers with a dangerous weapon." 
  4. Matthew Christian (2021-04-15). "Witness tip led FBI to Little River man accused of crimes during Jan. 6 Capitol protest". South Carolina Now (Florence, South Carolina). Archived from the original on 2021-11-10. https://web.archive.org/web/20211105044237/https://scnow.com/news/local/witness-tip-led-fbi-to-little-river-man-accused-of-crimes-during-jan-6-capitol/article_7f9c9070-9e20-11eb-8066-e3188ba751ea.html. Retrieved 2021-11-04. "In the complaint, Landguerand has been charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding an officer using a dangerous weapon, knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted area without permission using a dangerous weapon, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, aiding and abetting civil disorders and aiding and abetting theft of government property." 
  5. Richard Caines (2021-05-18). "Myrtle Beach-area man indicted in US Capitol riot, becoming 6th from SC charged". Post and Courier (Little River, South Carolina). Archived from the original on 2021-05-19. https://web.archive.org/web/20210519170451/https://www.postandcourier.com/myrtle-beach/myrtle-beach-area-man-indicted-in-us-capitol-riot-becoming-6th-from-sc-charged/article_bfd0a72e-b7fe-11eb-8572-4741fc0761b1.html. Retrieved 2021-11-04. "Languerand, who lives in the community north of Myrtle Beach, is one of at least six South Carolinians charged with direct or indirect involvement in the riot." 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Tonya Brown (2021-04-20). "Little River man charged in Capitol Riots had prior run ins with police, prosecutors say". WPDE (Little River). Archived from the original on 2021-08-20. https://web.archive.org/web/20210820113050/https://wpde.com/news/local/little-river-man-charged-in-capitol-riots-had-prior-run-ins-with-police-prosecutors-say. Retrieved 2021-11-04. "Norden said a woman out of Vermont, where Languerand lived before moving to South Carolina in January, had an order of protection against Languerand issued in 2019. Norden said Languerand stalked the woman and threatened to kill her and himself." 
  7. Kristin Nelson; Madison Martin (2021-08-06). "Little River man accused of taking part in deadly Capitol riot seeks to be released from jail". WMBF News (Washington DC). Archived from the original on 2021-08-06. https://web.archive.org/web/20210806173543/https://www.wmbfnews.com/2021/08/06/little-river-man-accused-taking-part-deadly-capitol-riots-seeks-be-released-jail/. Retrieved 2021-11-04. "Earlier this week, Nicholas Languerand’s attorneys filed a motion for revocation of detention order. The filing asks for him to be released from federal detention ahead of his trial. He’s currently being held in Washington, D.C." 
  8. "SC man pleads guilty to assault on officer during January 6 capitol breach". WBTV (Columbia, South Carolina). 2021-11-03. Archived from the original on 2021-11-04. https://web.archive.org/web/20211104031323/https://www.wbtv.com/2021/11/03/sc-man-pleads-guilty-assault-officer-during-january-6-capitol-breach/. Retrieved 2021-11-04. "Languerand faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers with a dangerous weapon. His sentencing is January 20." 
  9. Heather Gale (2021-04-16). "Little River man charged in Capitol Riots served less than 2 years in U.S. Army". WPDE (Horry County, South Carolina). Archived from the original on 2021-04-17. https://web.archive.org/web/20210417143410mp_/https://wpde.com/news/local/nicholas-langerand-charged-in-capitol-riots-served-less-than-2-years-in-united-states-army. Retrieved 2021-11-05. "The spokesperson said they found no combat deployments in his record and that, for privacy reasons, they do not provide a characterization of discharge for any Soldier."