FBI arrests Massachusetts ‘Maga rioter who was seen punching cops’ after he ‘took a selfie in front of officers during Capitol siege’
- Troy E. Sargent from Pittsfield was identified from selfies on social media
- He allegedly attacked officers during the Capitol insurrection and also struck a fellow pro-Trump supporter
- Sargent faces six counts after bodycam footage appears to show his attack
Troy E. Sargent from Pittsfield is accused of punching the officers and one member of the pro-Donald Trump crowd during the riots on January 6.
He is the seventh person seized by the FBI’s Boston Division who has been charged in connection with the violent protests.
Troy E. Sargent (pictured with riot police on January 6) has been arrested by the FBI after allegedly punching officers
In police bodycam footage Sargent allegedly ‘approaches the front of the crowd of rioters, confronts the line of police officers attempting to hold the crowd back, and physically engages with one of the officers’, the affidavit states.
It adds that he ‘appears to make physical contact with one or more law-enforcement officers’.
Sargent faces six counts including forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing or impeding federal officers, according to the FBI.
He is also charged with knowingly entering a restricted public building without lawful authority, engaging in disorderly conduct in a restricted building and engaging in violence.
He was identified by investigators after witnesses sent them social media posts appearing to place him at the scene.
Sargent from Pittsfield is accused of punching the officers and one member of the pro-Donald Trump crowd during the riots on January 6
The posts included a selfie with riot officers at the Capitol and a receipt for a stay at the Hyatt Place hotel in Washington DC.
In the selfie, Sargent appears to be wearing a black Patriots cap with a red brim and a dark sweatshirt and jacket.
Court documents show that in the weeks after the riot, the FBI received more tips placing Sargent at the scene.
They also interviewed two people from Pittsfield who identified Sargent, the affidavit shows.
He is accused of throwing punches at officers in an incident which was captured on video and also striking one person in the crowd.