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Capitol riot Jeffrey Sabol dragged a police officer to be overwhelmed with a flagpole "in a match of anger," the prosecutor stated

A Washington, DC policeman was flagged with a flagpole by Peter Stager (in red box) during the January 6th Capitol riot after being pulled by Jeffrey Sabol (who was walking over the policeman with a baton in his hand leaned over and carried a brown jacket, helmet and green backpack), prosecutors say.

Source: FBI

A Colorado geophysicist admitted to authorities that he was "in a fit of anger" when he dragged a Washington, DC police officer to a man with a flagpole during the January 6th riot in the US Capitol and another prosecutor revealed to be viciously beaten.

The suspect, Jeffrey Sabol, attempted suicide at some point after the riot and also bought a plane ticket from Boston to Zurich, Switzerland, the prosecutor said at Sabol's trial hours after his arrest at a hospital in Westchester County, New York, Friday morning.

"He has the financial means to escape these charges," said US assistant attorney Benjamin Gianforti during a videoconference and telephone hearing in the US District Court in White Plains, New York.

The prosecutor said authorities had reason to believe that Sabol "attacked another police officer" with a baton that he brandished during the riot.

A man identified as Peter Stager in images from videos and on an arrest warrant.

Source: FBI

Sabol "admitted to being in a fit of anger during the attack on the police officer" and told authorities that his memory of much of the rest of the day on Jan. 6 was foggy, Gianforti told Judge Andrew Krause.

Krause ordered 51-year-old Sabol to be detained without bail on a criminal complaint filed against him in the US District Court in Washington, DC, calling him a danger to the community and a risk of escape.

"This behavior is more than pale," said Krause when he ordered Sabol's detention for civil disorder.

"These are extremely serious acts with consequences," the judge told Sabol, a divorced father of three who grew up in New York state and whose sister is a colonel in the US Army.

According to authorities, Sabol can be seen in a widespread video during the riot, wearing a brown jacket, helmet and green backpack, as he dragged a city police officer to the ground in front of the Capitol, where another rioter began, the officer beating a flagpole with an American flag.

Gianforti noted what he called the "irony" of the officer who was attacked with the US flag during the uprising by a group of supporters of President Donald Trump who opposed Congress and confirmed President Joe Biden's election victory.

The man who beat the officer with the flagpole was identified by federal prosecutors as Peter Stager, an Arkansas resident who was arrested last week in his home state for civil disorder.

Stager was detained without bond during a federal court hearing in Arkansas late Friday afternoon.

Gianforti said Friday that police in Clarkstown, New York found Sabol in his car on Jan. 11, but did not say why Sabol was not arrested that day.

Sabol's court-appointed attorney Jason Ser, who requested Sabol's release on a $ 200,000 loan, told Krause that Sabol spent a week in a psychiatric center being treated after the riot.

Ser said the defendant is stable now. He also said Sabol plans to keep a private attorney.

A man identified as Peter Stager in images from videos and on an arrest warrant.

Source: FBI

The attorney said Sabol's work history was "second to none" and his final job was to remove unexploded ordnance from the state for a Colorado environmental company.

The president of the company Sabol works for declined to comment, saying he had just learned from a CNBC reporter that Sabol had been arrested in connection with the Capitol riot.

NYC plumbing workers also indicted

Also on Friday, a New York plumbing worker was charged with participating in the riot.

The defendant, Dominick Madden, has been identified in videos posted online showing him wearing a sweatshirt supporting the right-wing conspiracy QAnon during the Capitol Hill riot. The New York Post first reported his ID on January 14th.

Madden was tried in federal court in Brooklyn by Judge Ramon Reyes Jr.

Madden, 43, was charged in the District of Columbia with knowingly stepping into or staying in a restricted building or site without legal authority, knowingly guilty of disorderly or disruptive behavior in a restricted building or site, and for reasons of capital having penetrated the building or the site.

Madden took sick leave from his position at the City Sanitary Department during the January 6th Capitol attack, according to an FBI agent affidavit in support of the complaint. The department has since suspended Madden, the affidavit said.

Madden was released on a $ 150,000 bond with his sister and brother-in-law's home in Middletown, New Jersey listed as collateral.

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