The FBI arrested a Donald Trump supporter on Tuesday for allegedly storming the U.S. Capitol and assaulting police officers on January 6, 2021, while he was released on bail for attempted murder. NBC News and court papers.
North Carolina residents Matthew Jason Beddingfield, 21, was arrested Tuesday in Smithfield. He now faces a number of charges, including assaulting, resisting or obstructing certain officers from using a dangerous weapon or causing bodily harm and entering and remaining in a courtroom. restricted house or grounds with dangerous or deadly weapons.
He is also charged with misdemeanors that have become the norm in cases on January 6, including disruptive behavior and marching, protesting or taking photos in a Capitol building.
But when Beddingfield allegedly joined the mob of Trump supporters who flooded police and the Capitol building on January 6, many sought to block Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s After winning the 2020 presidential election, he faces charges that are said to be significantly more serious: in December 2019, Beddingfield was charged with attempted murder in connection with a discharge Guns take place outside a Walmart.
He was released on bail at the time of the January 6 siege, and has since pleaded guilty to lesser charges leading to a probation sentence.
According to the FBI’s statement of facts supporting Beddingfield’s arrest warrant, Beddingfield first approached the Capitol from the Western Plaza shortly before 1 p.m.
“[S]Surveillance video shows Beddingfield running to the Capitol’s West Square at about 12:57 pm. Beddingfield approached USCP at the barricade, and when their attention was diverted by the mob of rioters that flooded the square from the north, he jumped over the barricade,” the affidavit said.
Prosecutors say that surveillance video also shows Beddingfield “running in and assaulting law enforcement officers with the American flag attached to a metal flagpole he carried when he arrived at the Capitol.”
Finally, Beddingfield entered the Capitol from the Upper West Terrace door, according to the oath, and spent about 30 minutes inside. He entered the Rotunda, where he was seen “waving his flag and stomping around.” He then allegedly joined a riot group “those who tried to storm the Senate Wing,” as far as the old Senate Chamber. Prosecutors said at the time, Beddingfield again used his metal flagpole to attack or attempt to attack law enforcement officers, but he was repulsed after the scenes. conduct a chemical spray.
At some point, the affidavit states that Beddingfield was able to get her hands on several bottles of water. According to prosecutors, he also used drinking water to wash his eyes.
Beddingfield was first publicly identified by online investigators, who assigned him two nicknames related to January 6: “#SoggyKidInsider (possibly because he was pictured emerging from The Capitol is covered in a liquid), #NaziGrayHat (possibly because he appears to make a gesture commonly associated with Nazism). ”
Indeed, prosecutors included what they said was a photo of Beddingfield on the Capitol’s West Plaza “with an outstretched arm held up at an angle with the palm facing down.”
He was also featured in a journalist’s story Ryan J. Reilly told HuffPost about using facial recognition to identify offenders on January 6.
According to North Carolina court filings reviewed by Law & Crime, in August Beddingfield pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily harm. The charge of willful first degree murder has been dropped.
Beddingfield received a suspended sentence of 25 to 42 months behind bars, and he was placed on 24-month probation.
According to court records, one of Beddingfield’s conditions of probation was that he “[r]immigrate within his or her county of residence unless authorized in writing by the defendant’s probation officer court. “
Read the FBI’s Statement of Facts in Support of Beddingfield’s arrest warrant, below.
[Images via FBI court filing.]
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