A retired NYPD officer turned himself in to the FBI this Monday for his alleged role in the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, after being accused of having attacked a Capitol Police officer.
Federal prosecutors alleged Tuesday in court that the man, Thomas Webster, wore a bulletproof vest and was prepared for “armed conflict” during the Capitol insurrection.
Prosecutors alleged that Webster attacked a Capitol Police officer using a flagpole that was flying a Marine Corps flag and that he pulled down the officer’s mask, causing him to choke.
Prosecutors argued in court Tuesday that Webster called the officer a “commie motherf—–” who went after him like a “junkyard dog.”
Webster faces charges of assaulting, resisting or impeding officers with a deadly weapon, obstruction of law enforcement, knowingly entering a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority with a weapon, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restrictive building or grounds with a weapon, engaging in physical violence in a restrictive building or grounds, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Open-source images appear to show Webster pinning the officer to the ground while straddling him and trying to forcibly remove the officer’s face shield and gas mask, the document said.
“Monroe asked the judge to release Webster on bond, citing his family ties and lack of criminal history. Webster was honorably discharged from the Marines and spent 20 years with the New York Police Department, Monroe said,” NBC News reports.
New Photos: #FBIWFO is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying #145-AFO who made unlawful entry into the US Capitol & assaulted law enforcement on January 6th. If you have info on #145-AFO, call 1800CALLFBI or submit info to https://t.co/t8G7LO4hxu https://t.co/sX0CawLmee pic.twitter.com/BcKR9zxk8x
— FBI Washington Field (@FBIWFO) January 28, 2021
Webster was also known as the “#EyeGouger” on social media, due to images showing him allegedly jabbing his thumb into the face of a Capitol police officer.
#EyeGouger is wanted for assaulting a police officer and trying to gouge out his eye. If you know this person call the FBI’s Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) @DCPoliceDept @FBIWFOpic.twitter.com/cwnADdlaqn
— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) January 30, 2021