A retired firefighter on suspicion of throwing a fire extinguisher on police during last week’s popular attack on the U.S. Capitol has been arrested, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed Thursday.
Robert Sanford, 55, of Chester, Pa., Will appear in a virtual hearing in federal court in Allentown, Pa. On Thursday to face charges of illegal entry, civil unrest and assault, resistance or obstruction of the police.
According to court documents, Sanford was caught on camera throwing what appears to be a fire extinguisher at police.
“The object appears to hit an officer, who was wearing a helmet, in the head. The object then ricochets and hits another officer, who was not wearing a helmet, in the head.
the object then ricochets a third time and hits a third officer, wearing a helmet, on the head, ”the documents indicate.
The Justice Department has brought more than 70 criminal cases to date since supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on January 6, trying to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden as the winner of the US presidential election.
Many people arrested so far have been captured on social media bragging about their involvement in the assault, and the FBI has combed over 100,000 videos and photographs.
After the violence was quelled, most of the rioters were allowed to leave the Capitol, meaning law enforcement had to track them down in the days that followed.
One of those people was Hunter Ehmke, who was accused by the Justice Department on Thursday of damaging government property, obstructing official proceedings and violating the entrance.
According to court documents, a Capitol Police officer saw Ehmke smash a window on the Capitol and rushed at him with his shield to try to stop him.
The officer “lost hold of the shield and fell” into shards of glass, the documents said. The police managed to stop Ehmke, but the crowd started to get aggressive and threatened the police not to take Ehmke away.
“Due to the growing aggression of the large crowd which far exceeded the number of officers and the emergency situation at
at the time, the officers made the decision to allow Ehmke to leave on his own, “according to the government’s narrative.
Ehmke was scheduled to appear in California Central District Court at 1 p.m. PST.
The deadly violence last week led to Trump’s impeachment on Wednesday by the House of Representatives for inciting insurgency.
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