The search for 46-year-old Gregory Yetman began around 9am on Main Street in Helmetta, as police were trying to serve a warrant.
The FBI described him as a white man in his 40s wearing a red jacket and a ball cap.
Yetman fled into a wooded area, according to officials, who said he may be armed.
Spotswood Public Schools sheltered in place and local streets were closed.
A manhunt was underway for Gregory Yetman, 46, Wednesday morning. The New Jersey man is wanted in connection with the January 6 riot at the Capitol
The FBI described him as a white man in his 40s wearing a red jacket and a ball cap
Yetman was previously pictured in images released by the FBI, where he can be seen carrying a pepper spray canister
Tactical teams could be seen in the backyard of homes. Aerial footage showed law enforcement searching Yetman’s backyard and a shed.
The 46-year-old is wanted in connection with the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
In a desperate plea to put a name to the man, photos circulated online showing a glimpse of his face.
Another image depicted him wearing a face gaiter and clutching a canister of pepper spray canister.
While the charges he faces are unclear, Yetman was labelled ‘#278 AFO’ by the FBI before his identity was unmasked.
‘AFO’ stands for ‘Assault on a Federal Officer.’
At the time of the insurrection, he was a military police sergeant in the New Jersey National Guard.
He continued to serve until he was honorably discharged in March 2022.
Yetman was a military police sergeant in the New Jersey National Guard at the time of the insurrection
He continued to serve until he was honorably discharged in March 2022
The manhunt began around 9am on November 8, as authorities were trying to serve Yetman a warrant
The 46-year-old then fled into a wooded area, according to law enforcement
While his charges are unknown, Yetman was identified as ‘#278 AFO’ by the FBI before his name was released. ‘AFO’ stands for ‘Assault on a Federal Officer’
On his LinkedIn, Yetman describes himself as ‘Experienced Military Police with a demonstrated history of working in the military industry.’
He insisted in an interview with USA TODAY in March that he ‘did nothing wrong’ at the Capitol and ‘didn’t pepper-spray anyone.’
More than 780 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the January 6 riot. Over 280 have pleaded guilty, mostly to misdemeanors.
Yetman posted to Facebook in January 2017, showing that he was at the Capitol the day before former President Trump’s election.
‘Checking out the pregame day festivities. Tomorrow is going to be a crazy day but a great day,’ he wrote.
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