WASHINGTON – A Rhode Island man has been charged with assaulting law enforcement with a dangerous weapon and other crimes related to the January 6 violation of the United States Capitol, which disrupted a joint session of the United States Congress who was in the process of checking and counting the electoral votes linked to the presidential election.
Timothy Desjardins, 35, of Providence, is accused of committing acts of physical violence in a building or restricted land, of civil unrest and of assaulting, resisting or preventing certain police officers with a dangerous weapon, among other counts. accusation. The criminal complaint was unsealed yesterday in the District of Columbia. Desjardins is in custody in Rhode Island on unrelated charges and will appear in court for the first time in this case on a date to be set later.
According to court documents, video footage shows Desjardins assaulting several law enforcement officers in the tunnel area of the lower west terrace of the Capitol, around 4:46 p.m. on January 6, using what appears to be a table leg. broken wood. At the time, law enforcement was attacked by a crowd of other rioters who pushed each other into the tunnel and threw various objects, such as a stick and a table, at the officers.
This case is being pursued by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counter-Terrorism Section of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. Valuable assistance was provided by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island.
The case is currently under investigation by the FBI’s Providence Resident Agency at Boston Field Office and the FBI Field Office in Washington, which identified Desjardin as No. 348 in his news search photos. Valuable assistance was provided by the Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Capitol Police.
In the ten months since Jan. 6, more than 675 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the violation of the United States Capitol, including more than 210 people accused of assaulting or killing ‘hinder law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.
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The charges contained in any criminal complaint or indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until his guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.