Schaffer to be extradited to D.C. on insurrection charges

INDIANAPOLIS — An area man accused of federal crimes in connection to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol will soon be extradited to Washington D.C.

Jon Ryan Schaffer, 52, waived his preliminary hearing as well as his rights to an identity hearing and production of a warrant last week in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, court documents state.

On Jan. 22, U.S. Magistrate for the Southern District of Indiana judge Mark Dinsmore signed an order for Schaffer to appear in D.C.’s district court. The document says that a United States marshal will transport the defendant to the charging district, and that the attorney and the clerk of the court will schedule further proceedings once Schaffer has arrived.

Schaffer is entitled to a hearing on the issue of pretrial detention upon his arrival in D.C., court documents said.

An Indianapolis law enforcement officer said Schaffer was still being held at Marion County Jail on Tuesday, but should be transported by the end of this week or early next week.

The D.C. attorney’s office will have all jurisdiction over Schaffer’s case.

Schaffer has six charges filed against him, including engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building.

Additional charges filed against Schaffer include:

Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority.

Disrupting the orderly conduct of government business.

Knowingly engaging in an act of physical violence against any person or property in any restricted building or grounds.

Violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building.

Parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.

The FBI has listed Schaffer as a resident of Columbus, but the Johnson County Clerk’s office confirmed with The Republic last week that he is currently registered to vote from an address at 123 1/2 East Main Cross Street in downtown Edinburgh.

Schaffer has been held at the Marion County Jail since he turned himself in to police on Jan. 17.

A statement of fact filed in federal court by an FBI agent on Jan. 16 states that Schaffer could be seen in video and photos as part of the mob that infiltrated the Capitol building on Jan. 6, and that he used a form of bear spray on Capitol Police.

Photos show Schaffer wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt under a tactical vest with a baseball cap that reads “Oath Keepers Lifetime Member.” The FBI has described the Oath Keepers as an organization “that characterizes itself as a militia of former law enforcement and military personnel and has often, as a group, urged President (Donald) Trump to declare Martial Law in order to prevent the Congress from certifying the Electoral College Results.”

Schaffer participated in the “Million MAGA March” in Washington D.C. with other Oath Keepers members on Nov. 14, according to the statement.

On Jan. 19, prosecutors filed complaints of conspiracy and other crimes and arrested three members of the Oath Keepers. It alleges that the group planned the attack weeks in advance, and coordinated by radio as they moved around the Capitol, according to wire reports.

No bond has been set for Schaffer at this time, according to court documents.