- Rich Klein
EDWARD JACOB "JAKE" LANG TO FACE JUDGE IN DC THIS WEEK OR NEXT
Updated: Jan 27, 2021
Narrowsburg native Edward Jacob "Jake" Lang, 25, is expected to appear in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia this week or next, according to law enforcement sources who have knowledge of the situation.
Lang was arrested January 16 at his Newburgh home in connection with his violent participation in the riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, which he bragged about and documented in detail on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He is likely to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey. The clerk for Judge Harvey said this morning that Lang's case is not yet on the calendar.
Late Tuesday, Steven D’Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, held a news briefing about the status of the investigation.
"Not only are we focused on finding those who breached the Capitol, damaged the building, or stole government property but we are also looking to find those who violently assaulted the law enforcement officers who were trying to protect the Capitol and prevent the disruption of our democratic process," D'Antuono said.
Lang is listed as "released" from federal prison on January 19, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons data. Another law enforcement source said that means he was likely already transferred from the federal Manhattan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan to the Central Detention Facility in Washington, DC. At press time, The SullivanTimes has not been able to confirm with DC prison authorities if Lang is already in their custody.
While appearing before a federal judge in White Plains one week ago, Lang was represented by New York criminal defense attorney Steven Metcalf. But it's unclear if the change of venue might mean a change of attorneys for the 25-year-old. His parents, former Town of Tusten council member Ned Lang and Sari Lang, who lives in Florida, certainly seem to have the means to spend considerable sums of money to retain most of the nation's leading criminal defense attorneys.
Ned Lang's only public statement thus far has been to issue a statement about his son's "substance abuse." The SullivanTimes learned from source who knows Lang from New York City that the drug of choice for Lang has been cocaine.
(This is a developing story)