‘Rally Runner’ Daniel Donnelly charged in Jan. 6 riot, theft

Left: Daniel Donnelly Jr., is seen in a video he made and posted to Facebook after participating in the U.S. Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021. Right: Donnelly in a confrontation with police (via FBI court filings).

The baseball fan known for painting his face red to rile up the crowd at St. Louis Cardinals games has been charged with stealing a riot shield from police and helping the crowd of enraged Donald Trump supporters overwhelm law enforcement at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Daniel Donnelly Jr., 43, of St. Louis, Missouri, is charged with a felony and at least four misdemeanors in connection with the Jan. 6 attack. Donnelly is also known as “Rally Runner” for his enthusiasm for his city’s baseball team, the Cardinals, and is somewhat of a local celebrity for his enthusiastic sprints around the stadium during home games.

According to prosecutors, Donnelly was in the crowd gathered at the Lower West Terrace tunnel entrance, where scores of protestors faced off against dozens of police officers trying to protect the building from being breached. According to prosecutors, he “obtained a riot shield” at around 4:10 p.m. from other rioters in the crowd and continued to move toward the tunnel.

He eventually worked his way to the front of the crowd, where, according to prosecutors, he “can be seen holding the shield up to law enforcement officers, forming a wall with other shields held by other rioters.”

‘Rally Runner’ Daniel Donnelly charged in Jan. 6 riot, theft

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