Pa. man arrested in Capitol riot for allegedly hurling fire extinguisher at police, report

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    A retired firefighter from Delaware County has been arrested and charged in connection with last week’s violence at the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead.

    Robert L. Sanford, 55, of Upper Chichester, and a retired Chester firefighter, was allegedly caught on video hurling a fire extinguisher at a group of officers, WHYY-FM in Philadelphia reports.

    Sanford was taken into custody by FBI agents early Thursday morning, and faces charges that include assaulting police officers, disorderly conduct, and knowingly entering a restricted area, WHYY-FM reports.

    During a proceeding in Philadelphia, a judge granted federal authorities’ request to detain Sanford and to transfer him to Washington D.C. to face charges there, the station reported.

    Citing a federal memo, WHYY-FM reported that “an anonymous tipster told federal authorities that Sanford had taken a free bus ride with a larger group to the Capitol to attend President Donald Trump’s “Save America” rally — although it was not immediately clear which group had organized the trip.”

    WHYY-FM further reported that “a widely circulated YouTube video captured Sanford allegedly throwing an extinguisher at a group of officers while another still image of a man at the rally with a hat emblazoned “CFD” — the initials of the Chester Fire Department. The memo indicates that the tipster, described as a longtime friend of the former firefighter, confirmed his identity in both pieces of media.”

    John L. Micek
    A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press