A former U.S. Army soldier, Edward Richmond Jr., was arrested Monday in Baton Rouge, La., on felony and misdemeanor charges related to his alleged participation in the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Richmond, 40, was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday on felony charges of civil disorder; entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon; and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers. He was also charged with several misdemeanor offenses.
Richmond’s Louisiana-based attorney, John McLindon, told NBC News Monday that his client will plead not guilty to the charges and that he expects the government to seek pretrial detention at Tuesday’s hearing.
The Justice Department claims Richmond was seen on body-camera footage and CCTV footage striking law enforcement officers “multiple times” in the Lower West Terrace Tunnel of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. DOJ described the area as “the site of some of the most violent attacks against law enforcement officers” on Jan. 6, 2021.
According to court documents, Richmond traveled with approximately 9 people to Washington for the rallies on Jan. 6, 2021. That day, he wore a black helmet, goggles, shoulder pads, a Louisiana State Flag patch and an orange radio, according to court documents.
Twenty years ago, Richmond was convicted of voluntary manslaughter by an Army-martial panel for killing a handcuffed Iraqi civilian near Taal Al Jai in February 2004, according to The Associated Press. Richmond was sentenced to three years in prison and received dishonorable discharge from the Army.
More than 1,265 people have been charged in connection to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, including more than 440 people with felony charges of assaulting or impeding law enforcement, the DOJ said.
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