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Posted on: December 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Local Man Held on Federal Charges Related to Capitol Insurrection

A mug shot of Avery MacCracken


Local Man Held on Federal Charges Related to Capitol Insurrection

Contact: Susan Lilly, Public Information Officer, San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office   970-729-2028

December 14, 2021—(Telluride, CO) – The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) out of Washington, DC arrested 68 year-old Avery MacCracken, a decades-long on and off resident of Telluride, for a federal warrant with charges related to his alleged participation in the January 6th U.S. Capitol insurrection. 

This afternoon (Tuesday) federal authorities unsealed documents indicting Mr. MacCracken for multiple charges including:

  • Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding Certain Officers Using a Dangerous Weapon or Inflicting Bodily Injury
  • Civil Disorder
  • Entering and Remaining in a Restricting Building or Grounds
  • Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds
  • Engaging in Physical Violence in a Restricted Building or Grounds
  • Act of Physical Violence in the Capitol Grounds or Buildings

Mr. MacCracken has a long history of criminal misconduct and has over the last several years lived out of his car in different areas of the county. 

Sheriff Bill Masters said his office was happy to help authorities with this case. “It’s no surprise to those of us who have had to deal with this career criminal that he, along with the other clowns, violently assaulted peace officers who were attempting to protect our Republic.”

Mr. MacCracken was apprehended in Norwood, Saturday morning, arrested, and booked into the San Miguel County Jail where he was held until he was released to the custody of federal authorities Monday afternoon. 

Sheriff Masters said, “I am pleased to see federal authorities continue their obligation and commitment to indict those who committed crimes during that dark day in United States history.”


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