Ascension man arrested for allegedly assaulting police during January 6 Capitol attack

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Source: FBI

WASHINGTON – An Ascension Parish man has been arrested in connection to the U.S. Capitol breach on Jan. 6, 2021, on felony and misdemeanor charges, including for allegedly assaulting law enforcement.

“His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the 2020 presidential election,” an FBI news release revealed.

Edward Richmond Jr., 40, of Geismar, is charged in a criminal complaint filed in the District of Columbia with felony offenses of civil disorder, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon, and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers.

The Ascension man is also charged with several misdemeanor offenses, including disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, and violent entry and disorderly conduct.

Richmond was arrested on Jan. 22, 2024 in Baton Rouge and made his initial appearance in the Middle District of Louisiana.

According to court documents, Richmond traveled to Washington, D.C., from Ohio with a group of approximately nine other individuals who planned to attend the rallies planned for the day.

Richmond reportedly wore a black helmet, goggles, shoulder pads, an orange two-way radio, and a Louisiana State Flag patch on his chest during the attack.

Court documents say that video footage taken from the U.S. Capitol building closed-circuit television (“CCTV”) footage from Jan. 6, 2021, shows Richmond allegedly in the area of the Lower West Terrace Tunnel that day.

“This area was the site of some of the most violent attacks against law enforcement officers on January 6th,” said the FBI.

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In addition to the CCTV footage, court documents say Richmond was allegedly seen on body-worn camera footage using a baton to strike law enforcement officers in the Lower West Terrace Tunnel multiple times.

The FBI says in the 36 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 1,265 individuals have been charged in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 440 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement, a felony. The investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov. A complaint is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent

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