Gwinnett County

Duluth man charged in Jan. 6 attack on Capitol after evidence found on friend’s phone, records show

DULUTH, Ga. — Another Duluth man has been charged in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Investigators said they learned of John Gould’s involvement in the insurrection on the Capitol when they interviewed his co-worker, Jonathan Davis Laurens, also of Duluth, who has already taken a plea deal in the incident.

As detectives were interviewing Laurens, he told them that he entered the Capitol with Gould.

Investigators then got a warrant to search Lauren’s phone, where they found text messages between the two.

Among the text messages was a picture of Gould taking a selfie in front of a mirror inside the Capitol, asking Laurens, “Can you see me in the mirror?”

Investigators later determined that the mirror is in the Rayburn Reception Room.

“Based upon your affiant’s review of Capitol surveillance footage and open-source recordings of the incident, Gould entered the Capitol building with Laurens, in the bright orange winter hat, through the Senate Wing Doors at approximately 2:15 pm on January 6, 2021,” court documents said.


Investigators said Gould was seen in numerous social media posts and surveillance videos in different parts of the Capitol, including the Rotunda and Statuary Hall, before leaving.

Detectives said they went to Gould’s home on March 10 and observed him as he left for work. Agents determined Gould was in fact the same person who was seen in footage from the Capitol.

According to an arrest warrant, Gould was arrested by the FBI on March 11 in Norcross.