Robert Sanford Wiki – Arrest
Robert Sanford of Upper Chichester was arrested early Thursday morning, a law enforcement source confirmed to CBS News senior investigator producer Pat Milton. Milton reported that Sanford was charged with assaulting a police officer.
Sanford was not suspected of the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who suffered a fatal head injury during the January 6 siege.
Robert Sanford Age
He Is 51 Year Old
Robert Sanford Arrest
A man federal investigators identified as Robert Sanford, a retired firefighter from Pennsylvania, is pictured in a still image taken from video before allegedly hurling a fire extinguisher at police during the U.S. Capitol riots.
A criminal complaint describes Sanford as the man seen in the video throwing the fire extinguisher at the officers. He hits an officer wearing a helmet on his head, then bounces and hits a second officer not wearing a helmet, and then bounces again to shoot a third officer wearing a helmet. Sanford is then moving rapidly in the opposite direction.
Capitol Policeman William Young, one of the officers who shot, said that he felt the blow to his head and saw the fire extinguisher on the ground, but could not determine who threw it. The young man was evaluated at the hospital and released.
The complaint says a second video reviewed by the FBI shows the attack from a different angle. Sanford wears a “CFD” hat, an image seen on social media. The complaint said a friend of Sanford knew him and the FBI admitted that Sanford was the person pictured to him. His friend told the FBI Sanford that he took a bus with a group to Washington, D.C., listened to President Donald Trump’s speech, and, according to the complaint, he followed Mr Trump’s instructions to go to the Capitol. The friend said that Sanford admitted that it was about ten minutes in the Capitol area, but didn’t mention throwing anything.
In a statement, the city of Chester, Pennsylvania, said Sanford was seen wearing a “CFD” hat during the riots – an acronym for the Chester Fire Department – no longer working in the city. In the statement, Sanford said he worked for the Chester Fire Department from 1994 until his retirement in February 2020.
“Since the First Amendment of our Constitution includes freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly, the actions of the rebels in D.C. last week depended on the characteristics of domestic terrorism,” the statement said. “We therefore hope that if anyone, whether current or former employee or resident, is confirmed to attend the event at the Capitol Building last week, our legal system will work to its purpose and bring them to justice.”
Federal officials are investigating more than 170 people, 32 of whom faced federal charges in the January 6 Capitol attack. Hundreds of more crimes are expected as federal investigators scrutinize clue, video, and social media to identify and arrest suspects across the country.
Those already accused face a variety of charges including illegal entry, irregular behavior, theft, assault, and gun violations. A team of senior federal prosecutors are investigating more serious allegations, including incitement and conspiracy, for the “most heinous” acts in the Capitol, US acting Columbia District Attorney Michael Sherwin said on Tuesday.