The Jan. 6 rioter who carried a Trump “Rambo” flag was found guilty of assaulting a Capitol Police officer
WASHINGTON – A Pennsylvania man walked to… Capitol on January 6 With a giant flag depicting the former president Donald Trump He was charged under the name “Rambo” and then led a violent breach of the police line on several criminal charges on Friday.
Ryan Samselone of the first instigators of the Capitol riot, was convicted of assaulting a Capitol Police officer Carolyn Edwards As well as felony charges of civil disorder and obstruction of official proceedings. He remains in detention.
U.S. District Judge Jia M. Cobb — who oversaw the trial of Samsel and co-defendants James Tate Grant, Paul Russell Johnson, Stephen Chase Randolph, and Jason Benjamin Blythe last year — found all defendants guilty of at least two crimes each.
It also found them not guilty of three misdemeanor crimes, arguing that prosecutors had not proven that the five men were aware at the time that a Secret Service guard — in this case, then-Vice President Mike Pence — was in the Capitol.
A video from January 6 showed Samsel speaking with the Proud Boys leader Joe Biggs – Who is serving a 17-year prison sentence after conspiring to sedition Belief In March – at Peace Circle near the Capitol. Moments later, Samsel walked up to the police line, took off his jean jacket, flipped his “Make America Great Again” hat backwards, and began tearing down bike racks that were being used to form a defensive line. While doing so, Edwards swung backwards and struck her head on the railing, briefly knocking her unconscious.
Edwards, who He testified before the House committee on January 6 Also in June 2022 He testified at Samsel’s trial in October.
“The lights were on,” Edwards He saidDescribing her psychological state after her head hit the metal railing, “But there was no one in the house.”
Samsel and Grant were detained, and the government sought to imprison the other three defendants after their conviction, noting that federal guidelines It stipulates that individuals convicted of violent crimes “shall” be detained after conviction, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
The judge allowed the three other defendants, who were not taken into custody, to leave court on Friday, and asked prosecutors and defense lawyers to write legal memoranda explaining what should happen to them until their sentencing hearing in June.
A video from January 6 showed that as well Ray Epps — a Trump supporter who has faced threats after becoming the target of conspiracy theories spread on far-right media and Fox News — spoke with Samsel, with Epps whispering in his ear before Samsel began attacking the police line. Both Epps and Samsel, in separate interviews with the FBI, indicated that Epps told Samsel to calm down, and that police at the Capitol were doing their job that day, but that Samsel has since backed down because he described himself as a “political prisoner.” “In interviews with far-right media.
Randolph Arrest in 2021 This came after the FBI ran his photo through facial recognition software and it became a hit on his girlfriend’s Instagram page. Two undercover special agents were then sent to his workplace and made him talk about his involvement in the attack.
This was one of the few times the FBI admitted to using facial recognition software. Publicly available facial recognition sites are a tool frequently used by online “sedition hunters” who have assisted the FBI in hundreds of cases against the Capitol rioters.
More than 1,250 people have been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, and the Justice Department has secured indictments of about 900 people on charges ranging from unlawful sit-down to seditious conspiracy.
More arrests were made this week, including A A New Jersey man wore a Philadelphia Eagles hat on January 6 Authorities say they used the megaphone to help organize the breach on the east side of the Capitol.
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