Second Okaloosa resident arrested in connection to U.S. Capitol riot

Tom McLaughlin
Northwest Florida Daily News

FORT WALTON BEACH — A second Okaloosa County resident has been arrested for his role in the Jan. 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol.

Timothy Earl O'Malley, 63, of Fort Walton Beach, was taken into custody Wednesday. A confidential informant told the FBI that O'Malley claimed to be a member of the Proud Boys right wing activist group, according to court records.

Previously:Three Northwest Florida men arrested after Jan. 6 riot have no apparent ties to Proud Boys

Paperwork filed at the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., contained several photos taken Jan. 6 showing O'Malley, wearing a baseball helmet and face mask, at multiple locations inside the Capitol. He faces charges of entering a restricted building without lawful authority and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

He did not return a phone call seeking comment.

O'Malley is one of five Floridians arrested this week in the ongoing criminal investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection. The number of state residents now charged with crimes has climbed to 58, which is the highest total in the country.

Federal prosecutors have filed charges against Timothy O'Malley, a Fort Walton Beach man who allegedly stormed the U.S Capitol on Jan. 6. Here, prosecutors allege O'Malley can be seen walking through The Brumidi Corridors of the Capitol.

He also becomes the seventh Floridian with alleged Proud Boys ties charged and the 17th arrestee from Florida identified as being aligned with an extremist group. O'Malley is the 14th connected to either the Proud Boys or Oath Keepers organizations. Three Floridians are said to be associated with the QAnon group. 

The number of Capitol rioters from the state who identify as members of either the Proud Boys or Oath Keepers also leads the nation. 

Proud Boys is an organization that describes itself as a "Western Chauvinist" organization for men. Members "refuse to apologize for creating the modern world," court documents said. Proud Boys go through an initiation process and are known to wear yellow and black apparel to events. 

Others reported arrested this week include Joshua Doolin and Olivia Pollock of Lakeland, Mitchell Todd Gardner of Seffner and Michael Perkins, whose address was unknown. Only O'Malley has thus far been identified as having possible ties to an extremist group.  

In Okaloosa:Niceville man charged for alleged role in riot and siege at U.S. Capitol

In Florida:Florida emerges as a cradle of the insurrection as Jan. 6 Capitol riot arrests keep piling up

The federal complaint against O'Malley states that in the days following the Jan. 6 riot he showed off videos and sent messages to acquaintances and boasted about being inside the Capitol alongside hundreds of other Donald Trump supporters. Protesters breached the Capitol sanctuary that day as Congress worked to ratify the results of the Nov. 3, 2020, election and verify Joe Biden as the country's new president.

Within 10 days of the riot, two people who had seen or heard O'Malley's claims went to the FBI, court documents said. 

Under questioning by federal agents, O'Malley confirmed that he had traveled alone, by car, from Fort Walton Beach to Washington, D.C., for a Trump-led rally in front of the White House.

Agents obtained two photos O'Malley had taken of himself wearing a hard shell baseball helmet and mask he'd wrapped with stickers saying, "Trump is my President."

Federal prosecutors have filed charges against Timothy O'Malley, a Fort Walton Beach man who allegedly stormed the U.S Capitol on Jan. 6.

Following the rally, many in the group converged on the Capitol. In numerous images obtained by authorities O'Malley stands out in his unique helmet, which he told authorities he wore because he feared "Antifa throwing things." 

"He had heard that Antifa had sacks of concrete rocks," the complaint against O'Malley said.

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O'Malley told agents that he was swept inside the Capitol building by the "herd-like" momentum of the crowd around him, court documents said. He described the scene he witnessed once in the building as "mayhem." And compared the excitement level to that at a football game. 

 Agents called O'Malley's claims of being pushed along by the crowd "inconsistent" with available video footage in which he appears. 

Videos obtained from O'Malley's phone caught him saying "We took the Capitol. We're moving on to other floors now. Whoo. Our House," according to the complaint. 

Federal prosecutors are filing charges against Timothy O'Malley, a Fort Walton Beach who allegedly stormed the U.S Capitol on Jan. 6. Here, prosecutors allege O'Malley can be seen walking up a staircase that leads to the second floor of the Capitol and the Senate Chamber.

Another video was shot outside the Capitol.

"They tried to trap us inside but we fought our way. All the way in there and we fought our way back out. And they tried to trap us. We're outside," documents quoted O'Malley as saying. "We swarmed the Capitol though. Hot Damn. Leading the charge, getting it on."  

Niceville resident Andrew William Griswold, 28, who was arrested March 5, is the only other Okaloosa County resident thus far charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riot. 

O'Malley and Griswold face trial at the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., although no court dates have been set in either case.   

As part of the terms of his release from custody, Griswold has been ordered to stay away from the nation's capital unless attending court. No terms and conditions for O'Malley's release have yet been filed.