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“Bob’s Burgers” Actor Jay Johnston Arrested on Jan. 6 Charges

By: Kyle Xu

Jay Johnston, an actor of age 54 on “Bob’s Burgers”, was charged by the Department of Justice for participating in the January 6th riot at the Capitol, an uprising of Trump supporters.

In “Bob’s Burgers,” Johnston voiced Jimmy Pesto Sr., a rival to lead character Bob Belcher. After his alleged involvement in the January 6th riot, he was fired from Fox. He had appeared in 43 episodes as an actor for Bob’s Burgers. After the January 6th riot, he was banned from voicing his character.

During the riot, Johnston aided rioters near the tunnel by pouring water on the police, while the mob attacked officers with pepper spray and other civil weapons, the FBI stated. Johnston was caught on camera by the FBI in the sea of rioters on January 6th. He used a stolen police shield to form a “shield wall”, then pushed against the line of police. The FBI states that more than 3 associates recognized him in photos of the riot. One even provided a text message where Johnston admitted being present at the Capitol .“The news presented it as an attack. It actually wasn’t. Thought it kind of turned into that. It was a mess. Got maced and tear gassed,” the text read.

According to NBC News, he was arrested in California, facing charges for obstruction of officers during the riot. However, Johnston wasn’t the only one arrested. More than 1,040 people have been charged for crimes connected to the riot at the Capitol. More than 500 have been sentenced, with at least half being sentenced to jail ranging from 7 days to 18 years.

Peter G. Moloney, the owner of a Long Island home, was charged for spraying an insecticide at officers protecting the Capitol and attacking social media members. Richard Barnett was caught with his boot on Nancy Pelosi’s desk and sentenced to 4 and a half years in prison.

Jay Johnston has appeared on “Mr. Show” and “Arrested Development.” His acting credits include “Better Call Saul,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Rick and Morty,” “Modern Family” and much more. A lawyer for Johnston didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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