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Gregory Yetman, wanted in connection with U.S. Capitol assault, turns himself in to authorities in New Jersey, FBI says

Jan. 6 suspect Gregory Yetman faces array of felonies
Jan. 6 suspect Gregory Yetman faces array of felonies 02:25

MONROE, N.J. -- The FBI manhunt for Gregory Yetman, a New Jersey man wanted in connection with the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, ended when he surrendered to authorities on Friday. 

Police said Yetman, 47, turned himself in without incident at the Monroe Township Police Department and was in FBI custody. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Monday. 

According to authorities, Yetman fled his home in Helmetta on Wednesday when FBI agents arrived to serve him with a federal warrant. Police said he hopped a fence, then ran toward train tracks and into a wooded area.

Armed FBI agents wearing camouflage, members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force and search dogs were then seen outside a community center in Helmetta for several hours. 

"The FBI was quite confident that he remained local. So it was refreshing this morning to receive a report that he did turn himself in to the Monroe Township Police Department without incident," said Helmetta Mayor Christopher Slavicek.

Yetman was unarmed when he arrived at the police station, FBI officials said. 

"I am glad it's over," said Matt Garbowski, a Helmetta resident. "The helicopters are gone. That was pretty annoying, and just the general sense of unease."

"I think we were a little scared. I work for a school so we were just a little hesitant about letting kids go out," said Spotswood resident Lynn Marfitt. 

The FBI had released pictures that the agency said show Yetman at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 when hundreds stormed the complex.   

At the time, Yetman was a military police sergeant in the New Jersey National Guard, authorities said. The New Jersey National Guard confirmed he served for about 12 years until March 2022.   

Yetman was charged with an array of felony offenses, including assaulting officers, obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder, entering a restricted area and engaging in physical violence. 

The FBI said Yetman refused medical treatment at the time of his surrender. CBS New York did not receive a comment from Yetman or his family. 

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