The FBI has arrested a Massachusetts man named Troy E. Sargent who reportedly attacked police officers during the storming of the Capitol and posted selfies from the siege on social media.
During the protests on January 6, Troy E. Sargent of Pittsfield is accused of punching officers and one member of the pro-Donald Trump crowd. He is the FBI’s Boston Division’s seventh person to be arrested in connection with the violent protests.
His age is unknown.
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According to the affidavit, in the police bodycam video, Sargent “approaches the front of the crowd of rioters, addresses the line of police officers trying to hold the crowd back, and physically clashes with one of the officers.”
He ‘appears to make physical contact with one or more law-enforcement officers,’ according to the study. According to the FBI, Sargent is charged with six counts, including physically assaulting, resisting, opposing, or impeding federal officers.
He’s also accused of intentionally accessing a restricted public building without lawful permission, disorderly conduct in a restricted building, and abuse in a restricted building.
After witnesses sent them social media messages that appeared to place him at the scene, police were able to identify him. A selfie with riot officers at the Capitol and a receipt for a stay at the Hyatt Place hotel in Washington DC were among the tweets. Sargent appears to be wearing a black Patriots hat with a red brim, as well as a dark sweatshirt and jacket, in the selfie.
According to court records, the FBI obtained more tips about Sargent at the scene in the weeks following the riot.
According to the affidavit, they also interviewed two people from Pittsfield named Sargent. In a videotaped incident, he is accused of throwing punches at police as well as striking one person in the crowd.
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