Indy attorney indicted for entering U.S. Capitol during Jan. 6 riot

An Indianapolis attorney was one of three men who were arrested Thursday for allegedly taking part in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Quentin G. Cantrell was arrested in Indiana after a criminal complaint was filed alleging four federal offenses related to the Jan. 6 riot that sought to disrupt the certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral victory. Cantrell is listed as being with the Indianapolis firm Woodard Emhardt Henry Reeves & Wagner, according to the Indiana Roll of Attorneys.

Cantrell is accused of climbing down a wall and entering the Capitol building during the riot.

Also arrested were Jared Paul Cantrell and Eric Andrew Cantrell. The three men, identified in court documents as the “Cantrell Cousins,” are charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

According to a statement of facts filed by FBI Task Force Officer Gary A. Warfield, video from the riot allegedly shows Quentin Cantrell on the West Terrace of the Capitol, where he “appears to attempt to climb down the wall as Eric Andrew Cantrell reaches down to help him.”

Closed-circuit TV footage from inside the Capitol allegedly shows the cousins entering the building through the Upper West Terrace entrance at about 2:37 p.m. on Jan. 6. Eric and Quentin left the building about two minutes later, according to court documents.

The 20-page statement of facts, unsealed Thursday, says a witness identified the cousins from the video footage and from social media posts Jared created on Jan. 6, 2021. Additionally, cellphone records placed Quentin in the geographic area of the Capitol building at around 2:39 p.m. that day, according to the court document.

Court documents do not identify Quentin Cantrell as a lawyer. But Indiana Lawyer has positively identified the man in the indictment as the Indianapolis lawyer based on photos available online and provided in the statement of facts.

According to the Indiana Roll of Attorneys, Quentin was admitted to the Indiana bar in December 2001. He has no disciplinary history going back to July 1, 2011, the date from which attorney discipline records are available online.

LinkedIn indicates he was a partner at Woodard Emhardt until January 2015, when he became of counsel. He was listed on the firm’s website as of counsel on Thursday evening but was no longer on the website on Friday morning.

A representative for the firm did not respond to an Indiana Lawyer request to confirm that Cantrell still works there or for comment on his arrest.

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6 thoughts on “Indy attorney indicted for entering U.S. Capitol during Jan. 6 riot

  1. Unfortunately, law schools have lowered their admission standards just to keep from laying off faculty. The result will inevitably be more idiot lawyers.

  2. If only they’d put this much effort into identifying and prosecuting the criminals who did millions, if not billions of dollars worth of actual damage to our cities and many people’s livelihoods all during 2020.

    1. Agree John. For some reason, that’s no big deal to liberals. They don’t believe in practicing what they preach.

    2. I am in rental properties where consistently I have tenants try to conflate or play the whataboutism card to distract from their responsibility. This line of thinking is no different to me.

      The property damage caused by the protests should be taken seriously. Also, the US Capitol should be considered a hard red line that just cannot be allowed to be crossed. It just cannot be normalized or there could be worse consequences down the line.

  3. Bob P.
    1000% agree!!!!
    Regardless of which side of the aisle one resides, surely most of us can see that our representatives at all levels of our government are most concerned with their own power, not our rights – if not, please wake up!!

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