A Pennsylvania man is facing federal charges after he was allegedly spotted throwing a fire extinguisher at police in a video from the Capitol siege.
Robert Sanford of Chester, Pennsylvania, was arrested on Thursday morning after a friend of his tipped investigators off about his identity, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited U.S. officials. Sanford is reportedly a retired firefighter with the Chester Fire Department and was seen in a widely circulated video wearing a navy hat with the letters “CFD” emblazoned across it.
“The video was shot from an elevated position and showed an area of the Capitol with a large group of police officers surrounded on at least three sides by a group of insurrectionists,” an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit tied to Sanford’s arrest. The agent described how the extinguisher hit three officers.
The incident is separate from the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was also reportedly hit in the head by a fire extinguisher during the chaos and later died.
One of the police officers who was hit with the extinguisher Sanford allegedly threw was William Young, who was taken to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries.
According to the FBI statement, Sanford was part of a group that attended the Jan. 6 rally near the White House that featured speeches from President Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and others. Sanford listened to the speeches “and then had followed the President’s instructions and gone to the Capitol.”
Dozens of people were arrested during Wednesday’s events, and more have been arrested since thanks to the prolific use of video and photography during the riot. The police and FBI are continuing to ask the public for help in identifying other suspects.