By: KDKA-TV News Staff

WASHINGTON (KDKA) – Two men from our region charged with assaulting Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick will have to stay in jail prior to their trials.

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Julian Khater from State College and George Tanios from Morgantown were denied pretrial release by a judge.

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The judge called them threats to the community, saying their alleged chemical spray attack helped rioters on January 6 to breach a line of police.

Officer Sicknick died of a stroke the day after the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

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Prosecutors have not sought to connect his death to the chemical attack.