What to know
- Thomas Webster surrendered Monday at the FBI office in the Hudson Valley on charges filed in federal court in Washington, DC related to the deadly riot at the United States Capitol on January 6.
- Webster, who spent 54 years living in New York raising his three children with his wife, aside from his time serving in the Marine Corps, was honorably discharged and had had no prior arrests, his defense attorney said.
- This latest development follows a large number of arrests and charges against various residents of all three states in connection with the violent events that unfolded early last month.
A retired NYPD officer who had been assigned for a time to work perimeter security at City Hall and at the Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s official residence, has been charged with using a pipe to attack an officer. of the United States Capitol during the siege of January 6. Officials with knowledge of the case told News 4 on Tuesday.
Thomas Webster turned himself in to the FBI office in Hudson Valley on Monday to face charges in the ongoing investigation. A day later in federal court in White Plains, prosecutors said the former US Marine attacked a Capitol police officer with an aluminum pole while holding a Marine Corps flag. Webster allegedly removed a mask and caused the officer to drown, prosecutors said.
They described an angry look at Webster, captured on video, that reflected a man about to unleash violence. And they accused him of doing just that.
“These videos shock the conscience,” said the prosecutor, alleging that Webster “is going after that cop like a junkyard dog, with clenched teeth and clenched fists.”
Webster was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time, implying he was prepared for a physical conflict, prosecutors added. The 20-year NYPD veteran brought a gun to Washington, DC, on the day of the siege, prosecutors say. Webster claimed he left him at the hotel, but he was wearing bulky clothing in the video shared by the FBI. Regardless, it is illegal to carry a weapon in Washington, DC.
“We believe he had a gun on Capitol Hill and thank God he didn’t fire a shot then,” prosecutors said.
Defense attorney James Monroe said Webster did go to the United States Capitol to participate in a protest that day in January, but that he was not part of any group or organization. Monroe said his client was beaten by the Capitol officer before retaliating; He never fired a shot in his decades-long career with the NYPD.
Monroe said Webster, who was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps and spent the rest of his more than 50 years raising his three children with his wife in New York, went to DC that day in January to protest at an event at the request of the former. President of the United States. He has no prior arrests.
The FBI had released an image, later identified by law enforcement officers as Webster, as part of its ongoing investigation into the violence last month. When Webster learned that his image had circulated on social media, he went to Monroe, who told him that it was best to surrender in good faith.
Webster surrendered the weapons he owns of his own free will, along with his pistol permit and passport, Monroe said. Webster does not deny that it was the man in the red jacket seen in the videos and images circulating by the FBI, Monroe said. But he said his client has no history of political activism and deserves “a fair bond.”
Webster “poses no danger to the community. He has done an excellent job as a husband and father,” Monroe said. The attorney offered to agree to the monitoring and travel restrictions as part of an agreement to keep Webster out of jail pending trial. Monroe asked that Webster be released on bail without guarantee. He said his client plans to plead not guilty. A judge agreed that Webster was not a flight risk, but ordered that he be held without bail for the potential threat he could pose to the community.
FBI agents searched two New York City residents Thursday for the Capitol riot case.
Webster’s arrest is the latest in a series of charges against a growing number of residents of three states in connection with the events that unfolded early last month when a crowd of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol. .
Nearly two months after the siege, the FBI continues to make arrests across the country. Since the violent riot, several residents of the three states have been arrested and charged with various crimes in connection with the deadly event, including a New York City sanitation worker, the brother of a retired police officer from New York. New York, an MTA worker and an Upper West Side Community Leader.
United States Capitol Police Captain Carneysha Mendoza gave a fascinating first-hand account of the deadly January 6 uprising, as she testified before two Senate committees on Tuesday. “In the multitude of events that I have worked on in my nearly 19-year career in the department, this was by far the worst of the worst,” Mendoza said.