US Marshals: Accused Capitol Vandal Arrested Late Friday Night

Friday, June 5th 2020, 3:07 pm


UPDATE (10:45 p.m. Friday, June 5): U.S. Marshals said Khalil Nisely was arrested late Friday.

Below is the original web story.


An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for a man accused of spray painting on pillars of the state capitol during a Sunday protest in response to George Floyd’s death in police custody. 

Court documents listed Khalil Nisely as a suspect. Officials said that Nisely posted a photo of himself in front of the capitol pillars with black spray paint in his hand.

Documents claimed Nisely replied to a comment on his picture about cleaning up the graffiti. Nisely commented that he would vandalize the whole country if it meant stopping injustice.

An important piece of evidence from the photo was a phone number written on Nisely’s arm. Officials said that phone number traced back to Nisely’s Oklahoma identification card.

Documents stated that Nisely could face a Destruction of Public Buildings charge, which is a felony in Oklahoma. The felony can be punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Nisely has not yet been arrested.