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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man seen in a extensively seen video pinning an officer right into a doorway in the course of the assault on the U.S. Capitol has been charged with assaulting law enforcement officials, federal authorities mentioned Wednesday.
Patrick McCaughey III, 23, of Ridgefield, was arrested Tuesday in South Salem, New York, on fees together with assaulting, resisting or impeding officers, violent entry or disorderly conduct, and getting into a restricted constructing or grounds.
A federal Justice of the Peace choose in New York ordered McCaughey detained with out bail Wednesday afternoon, saying his actions had been disturbing and he introduced a menace to the group. McCaughey’s case is being transferred to Washington and he’s detained pending proceedings there early subsequent month.
Federal authorities mentioned McCaughey struck a number of law enforcement officials with a transparent, plastic riot defend contained in the Capitol. Authorities mentioned he additionally used the defend to pin Officer Daniel Hodges of the Metropolitan Police Division in opposition to a doorway; a video exhibits Hodges writhing in ache and one other rioter beating Hodges after ripping off the officer’s fuel masks. Hodges survived.
Police requested for the general public’s assist in figuring out the attackers and launched photographs of a person later recognized as McCaughey seen within the Capitol in the course of the violence on Jan. 6. A witness got here ahead figuring out McCaughey because the individual within the photographs.
“What this case is basically about is a person who on Jan. 6 of this 12 months struck on the coronary heart of American Democracy, that’s the U.S. Capitol, each actually and figuratively, as a part of a mob that was apparently making an attempt to overturn a reliable election,” Assistant U.S. Lawyer Benjamin Gianforte mentioned throughout Wednesday’s court docket listening to, which was held by video convention.
In a press release, appearing District of Columbia U.S. Lawyer Michael Sherwin known as the assault on Hodges vicious and “quintessentially un-American.”
McCaughey’s public defender, Jason Ser, requested for bail to be set at $150,000, saying his shopper was not as “maniacal and harmful” as federal prosecutors had been portraying him. Ser mentioned different folks had been pushing McCaughey, and different components of the video present McCaughey attempting to assist Hodges by reducing the officer’s face defend and telling one other officer that Hodges was injured.
McCaughey, who has each U.S. and German citizenship, is unemployed and lives together with his mom in Ridgefield, an prosperous city alongside the New York border, Ser mentioned. He was arrested at his father’s second residence, the place he was quarantining.
“The picture I feel that’s being fostered right here, created right here, by focusing solely on components of the video definitely I feel do a disservice to Mr. McCaughey,” Ser mentioned. “The federal government is emphasizing two and a half minutes of out of primarily 23 years of Mr. McCaughey’s life.”
McCaughey is a highschool graduate who bought good grades, made the distinction roll and has no legal report, Ser mentioned.
Greater than 150 rioters on the U.S. Capitol have been arrested. The assault got here as Congress met to certify the outcomes of the presidential election. However an indignant mob coming from President Donald Trump’s rally close to the White Home broke into the Capitol, forcing members of Congress to flee. 5 folks died in the course of the riot, together with one Capitol Police officer.
Federal authorities mentioned McCaughey and different rioters pushed officers defending the Capitol again. A deputy U.S. marshal mentioned in arrest paperwork that McCaughey pushed Hodges in a doorway with the riot defend as different rioters shoved McCaughey ahead, placing a number of power on Hodges. McCaughey advised Hodges to “simply go residence dude,” the marshal mentioned.
After one other rioter assaulted Hodges, McCaughey motioned to different officers that Hodges was injured, the deputy mentioned, and McCaughey later began hitting different officers with the plastic defend.
At one level in the course of the Capitol assault, McCaughey advised one other individual, “I am not doing something. I am only a common individual like all people else,” the marshal mentioned, citing a cellphone video. McCaughey then mentioned, “That is our constructing.”
One other man arrested in New York Metropolis early Wednesday as a part of the riot roundup was ordered held with out bail after prosecutors argued he’s a hazard to the group.
The federal government cited a photograph on social media that prompt Samuel Fisher had stashed firearms in a car he took to Washington for the pro-Trump protest. Court docket papers mentioned he additionally posted a photograph of himself on the Capitol entrance and later wrote on-line, “seeing cops actually run . . . was the good factor ive ever seen in my life.”
At a bail listening to, a prosecutor mentioned that firearms, bullet-proof vests and ammunition had been discovered on the Manhattan residence the place he was arrested on Wednesday. Fisher’s lawyer mentioned there was no proof he ever took weapons to Washington and that he was ever really contained in the Capitol.
Related Press journalist Tom Hays contributed to this report from New York.
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