A Maryland man was arrested Tuesday morning in Brighton for allegedly assaulting officers and a news media member during the Jan. 6 breach at the U.S. Capitol.
Rodney Kenneth Milstreed, 55, of Finksburg, Maryland, is charged with a criminal complaint in Washington, D.C., on suspicion of assaulting, resisting or impeding officers with a dangerous weapon, civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, simple assault, and other related offenses, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Columbia, news release.
Milstreed made an initial court appearance Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Denver, according to the release.
On Jan. 6, 2021, Milstreed allegedly picked up what appeared to be a flagpole and “threw it, javelin-style, in the direction” of officers, striking one officer, according to the release. He is also accused of throwing a smoke grenade at officers and of assaulting a media member who was wearing a lanyard displaying credentials and was carrying a camera.
Social media accounts show that Milstreed communicated with others while he was on the U.S. Capitol grounds, according to the release. Among other posts, the suspect allegedly sent photos of blood on the floor in what appears to be the Upper West Plaza and later added, “Man I’ve never seen anything like this. I feel so alive.”
Three days later, on Jan. 9, 2021, Milstreed messaged a Facebook associate to describe his participation in the violence and his intention to “crack some heads” while he was there, the release said.
Milstreed was arrested at about 5 a.m. Tuesday at a hotel, according to Brighton police.
The FBI’s Denver Field Office provided assistance in the case, according to the release.
In the 16 months since the violent and destructive Jan. 6 breach, more than 800 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the attack on the Capitol, including more than 250 defendants charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement, according to the release. The investigation is ongoing.
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