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

By: - January 15, 2021 11:04 am

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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.”

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John L. Micek

A three-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's former Editor-in-Chief.