A Florida college student has been charged with hitting a police officer within the head with a skateboard during the January riot on the US Capitol, federal authorities stated.
Grady Douglas Owens, a student at Full Sail College in Winter Park, was arrested Thursday on expenses together with assaulting a legislation enforcement officer with a lethal weapon and inflicting bodily harm for cracking the DC Metropolitan Police officer with a skateboard during the Jan. 6 siege, an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit.
Owens was caught on bodycam video slamming the skateboard emblazoned with the phrases “White Fang” into the officer’s head, leaving him with a concussion and an harm to his proper pinkie finger, in response to the affidavit launched Thursday.
FBI investigators tracked Owens down utilizing a Twitter account known as Sedition Hunters operated by a non-public citizen attempting to assist federal authorities establish alleged Capitol rioters, the affidavit states.
That picture led investigators to Owens’ Instagram profile, the place he’s seen carrying the “identical stocking cap” during the alleged assault, an FBI agent stated.
The profile identifies Owens as a “combine and mastering engineer” in addition to a producer and instrumentalist in Orlando and Austin, Texas.
Utilizing license plate readers, authorities traced Owens’ silver 2005 Honda Factor to a Winter Park condo complicated and a car parking zone at Full Sail College, the place he takes music manufacturing programs, the affidavit states.
An worker on the college confirmed Owens as the person seen within the skateboard footage, court docket paperwork present.
Greater than 300 individuals have been charged federally within the siege that left 5 individuals useless, together with Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.
Of these, at the very least 32 are from Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Owens had his preliminary court docket look in Orlando Thursday. He was detained and scheduled to seem once more Friday morning for a bond listening to, the place prosecutors had been anticipated to argue that he ought to be jailed as he awaits trial for “crimes of violence,” the newspaper reported.
If convicted on all 4 expenses, together with three felonies, Owen might be sentenced to as much as 36 years in jail, the Sentinel reported.
Owens, who appeared in court docket Thursday carrying shorts and a T-shirt, advised a decide he believed his mother and father had been attempting to rent him an lawyer, WESH reported.