Fontana man arrested on prices of assaulting officer in Capitol riot

A Fontana man was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday on prices of assaulting a police officer in the course of the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Trump.

Daniel Rodriguez, 38, was accused of injuring a D.C. Metropolitan police officer with an electroshock weapon because the mob of Trump backers was forcing its method into the constructing in an try to dam Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory within the 2020 presidential election.

In an eight-count indictment unsealed Wednesday, a federal grand jury additionally charged Rodriguez with smashing a window of the Capitol and carrying lethal weapons — a flagpole and the electroshock weapon — throughout his illegal presence within the constructing.

Rodriguez can be accused of stealing one of many emergency escape hoods saved beneath the seats of members of Congress. Many lawmakers grabbed their hoods — designed for defense in a terrorist assault — as they fled the Home and Senate chambers moments earlier than the mob’s arrival.

Andrew Byrd, Rodriguez’s lawyer, didn’t reply to an e mail requesting remark.

The police provide allegedly attacked by Rodriguez was recognized within the indictment solely as “M.F.,” however HuffPost reported that it was Mike Fanone.

Fanone was within the thick of some of the violent confrontations of the riot in a doorway tunnel the place rioters screaming “heave-ho” tried to ram their method by a line of cops blocking the doorway. One other officer screamed in agony as his face was crushed in opposition to the door.

Fanone, who later described the scene as medieval, instructed reporters he was shocked on the again of his neck with a stun gun about half a dozen instances. As rioters ripped his badge off and grabbed his ammunition magazines, Fanone struggled to carry on to his gun. He heard chanting: “Kill him together with his personal gun.”

“It was the craziest factor I’ve ever seen,” he mentioned.

Rodriguez is one in every of greater than a dozen Californians among the many 300-plus folks charged with federal crimes within the Capitol riot. Like a number of others, he participated final yr in pro-Trump rallies in Beverly Hills. FBI brokers executed a search warrant final week at a house within the Summit neighborhood of Pacific Palisades, however the raid’s objective was not instantly clear.

After an preliminary court docket look Wednesday in Riverside federal court docket, Rodriguez was anticipated to stay in jail in a single day earlier than a bail listening to Thursday.

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