ARLINGTON — A Proud Boy with ties to Snohomish County has been indicted by a grand jury for his participation in the breach of the U.S. Capitol in January.
In court records filed Friday, Daniel Lyons Scott, who goes by the nickname “Milkshake,” was indicted on 10 counts of criminal charges, including assaulting federal officers and committing acts of violence within the Capitol.
The former Arlington-area man was a prominent member of the far-right group which led a final push to storm Congress on Jan. 6 to oppose the election loss of former President Donald Trump. In May, he was arrested in Florida for his involvement in the breach.
The five-page grand jury indictment against Scott was filed in U.S. District Court last week in Washington, D.C.
According to the charges, Scott acted to “forcefully assault, resist, oppose, impede, intimidate, and interfere with, an employee of the United States” with the “intent to commit another felony.” Charges ranged from obstruction and disorderly conduct to physical violence at the Capitol.
Scott is one of over 535 people nationwide who have been arrested for the investigation of crimes related to the Jan. 6 storming, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. In July, an average of three people were arrested each day for participating in the siege.
At least 135 of those arrested face criminal charges for assaulting, resisting or impeding officers or employees. More than 50 were charged with using a deadly weapon or causing serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer.
Scott used to work at Boeing. Over the past two years, he was vocal about his involvement with the Proud Boys hate group when he lived near Arlington.
He attended events around the Pacific Northwest. During an interview, he showed off a tattoo on his left arm that reads, “Proud Boy.” Scott often donned a black tactical vest that displayed the group’s name in bold yellow lettering.
The Proud Boys are designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Proud Boys founder, Gavin McInnes, describes himself as a “Western chauvinist” and has publicly admitted to being Islamophobic.
The group received national attention when Trump declined to explicitly denounce hate groups in the days before the 2020 election, telling the Proud Boys specifically: “Stand back and stand by.”
Just before the Jan 6 siege, Scott was one of dozens of men marching in opposition to the “stolen” election — alongside Proud Boys leaders Ethan Nordean, of King County, and Joe Biggs, of Florida.
In a video shared on YouTube by Proud Boy Eddie Block, marchers paused their rally in the hours before the attempted coup. The dome of the Capitol was in the distance.
“Milkshake,” as Scott was known, appeared in the video. The large bearded man wore sunglasses, a puffy olive-green jacket and a blue baseball cap with the words, “God Guns & Trump.”
Those charges cite media coverage of the siege — including a January report by The Daily Herald — identifying Scott.
“Scott can be seen pushing two U.S. Capitol Police officers backward, up the steps,” according to an FBI report. “He appears to be one of the first, or perhaps the first, persons to initiate contact with law enforcement at this location. Scott then appears to pull one of the two officers into the crowd for approximately 3-4 seconds before another officer is able to pull the officer out of the crowd.”
Scott remains out of custody on a promise to appear at his next court hearing in September, according to court records.
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