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Capitol rioter arrested for striking officer with fire extinguisher

Officer William Young was evaluated at a local hospital and fortunately cleared to resume his duties.

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Another rioter has been arrested in connection to the deadly insurrection that arose at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday (Jan. 6). According to the Department of Justice, Robert Sanford was apprehended in Pennsylvania on Thursday morning (Jan. 14).

The 55-year-old man was detained for attacking Officer William Young with a fire extinguisher, per court documents. Based on footage of the violent encounter, Sanford threw the extinguisher at the cop, which deflected and struck two other officers as well. Young was taken to a hospital where he was evaluated and fortunately cleared to resume his occupational obligations — a stark difference from the experiences of other Capitol Police officers.

While Young was able to have a positive end to his story, Officer Brian Sicknick lost his life. As REVOLT reported, the cop was wounded while responding to the riots. He collapsed when he returned to his office that night (Jan. 6) and passed away shortly after. Officer Howard Liebengood died by suicide days later in connection to the deadly siege.

Since Trump supporters breached the U.S. Capitol, law enforcement successfully cracked down on over 70 individuals who were involved. Sanford was nabbed and charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority as well as disorderly or disruptive conduct on Capitol grounds; civil disorder; and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers while engaged in the performance of official duties.

Robert Keith Packer — the pro-Trump rioter who was seen wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt during the attacks — was also taken into police custody. He faces federal charges of unlawfully entering a restricted area, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Hours after he was impeached for the second time, Donald Trump criticized the rioters’ actions. “I want to be very clear — I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week, violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement...,” he said in a speech on Wednesday (Jan. 13).

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