Pizza Pandemonium


The Pizzagate conspiracy, widely promoted by Alt-Lite trolls and media personalities, has led to the Comet Pizzeria in Washington, DC being targeted for violence multiple times. In one incident, Edgar Maddison Welch entered the restaurant heavily armed. In another, Ryan Jaselskis allegedly broke in and set fire to the facility. Before his alleged attack, Jaselskis posted a video in support of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which the pizzeria seems unable to escape

Case Summary

USA v Jaselskis, Ryan (US District Court (District of Columbia) — 1:19-cr-00064-TJK)
Awaiting Trial
09-April-2019 (9:30 AM — Status Conference)
Ryan Jaselskis is accused of setting fire to the Comet Pizzeria that was the center of the Pizzagate conspiracy in 2016. Before the incident he apparently posted a video on YouTube in support of the QAnon conspiracy.
Ryan Jaselskis
a.k.a.
Ryan Rimas
Arson
18 U.S.C. § 844(i) (United States Code)
Indicted 5 years to 20 years
USA v Welch, Edgar Maddison (US District Court (District of Columbia) — 1:16-cr-00232-KBJ)
Closed
Edgar Maddison Welch entered Comet Ping Pong heavily armed with the belief that the restaurant was part of a child trafficking ring. He discharged multiple rounds, though there were no injuries. Comet Ping Pong has been at the heart of the Pizzagate conspiracy since 2016.
Edgar Maddison Welch
a.k.a.
Edgar Welch
Interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition
18 U.S.C. § 924(b) (United States Code)
Convicted (Plea) 24 months (concurrent)
Assault with intent to commit mayhem or with dangerous weapon
22-402 (District of Columbia Code)
Convicted (Plea) 48 months (concurrent)
Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence
22-4504(b) (District of Columbia Code)
Dismissed (Plea) 5 years to 15 years

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