Jacob Anthony Chansley — aka Jake Angeli, aka the Viking Guy, aka the horn-headed U.S. Capitol Building protester — has his wish.
After a three-day hunger strike, Chansley on Monday was granted the right to an organic diet at the detention facility where he has been confined since turning himself in at the FBI field office in Phoenix upon his return from Washington.
Costumed in a fur hat with horns, the Viking Guy joined the siege of the U.S. Capitol Building last Wednesday in what has been described as an insurrection. A court affidavit includes a photo of a bare-chested Chansley standing at the Senate dais, flexing his left bicep and posing with a flag-draped spear.
“Chansley stated that he came as a part of a group effort, with other ‘patriots’ from Arizona, at the request of the President that all ‘patriots’ come to D.C. on January 6, 2021,” said special agent James Soltes of the U.S. Capitol Police.
At a court appearance Monday via video link, Judge Deborah Fine learned that Chansley has been on a self-imposed restrictive diet, perhaps for religious reasons, since he surrendered himself to authorities last Friday at an FBI field office.
The judge said she was “extremely concerned” about Chansley’s refusal to eat and instructed his public defender to work with the U.S. Marshal’s Office to accommodate his strict organic dietary needs.
David Gonzales, the U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona, said the agency would abide by the judge’s order.
His mother, Martha Chansley, told ABC 15: ‘He gets very sick if he doesn’t eat organic food.”
Chansley, 33, has been living with his mother in Phoenix since January 2019.
Chansley has been charged with two federal misdemeanors: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
The Phoenix native turned himself into the FBI on Saturday after returning from D.C.
“I’m not really all that worried about it because, in all honesty…I didn’t break any laws. I walked through open doors,” he said.
In addition, a new six-count indictment against Chansley on Tuesday also added federal counts of civil disorder and disrupting an official proceeding. The offences upon conviction carry up to a 20 year statutory maximum penalty.