Biggs made an initial appearance Wednesday in federal court, where he did not enter a plea. U.S. Magistrate Judge Embry Kidd of Orlando released him to home confinement after prosecutors did not request his detention. He denied having any knowledge of preplanning of the event in an interview with the FBI, court documents said.
According to charging papers, Biggs was among the first to enter the Capitol during the riot, about 2:13 p.m., part of a mob that delayed the electoral vote certification of President Biden’s victory and forced the evacuation of Congress. Biggs was seen on video 20 seconds after someone who appears to be Dominic Pezzola — a Proud Boys member who has already been charged — led the smashing of a window on the Senate side of the building with a police riot shield, an FBI affidavit alleged.
“Hey Biggs, what do you gotta say?” an off-screen voice said as Biggs allegedly walked in, according to the FBI, citing video recorded at the time of entry.
“This is awesome!” the FBI alleged Biggs replied before pulling his gaiter up to cover his face.
Biggs — who faces counts of obstructing an official proceeding of Congress, illegal entry and disorderly conduct on restricted Capitol grounds — is the latest Proud Boys member to be charged in the riot.
A Connecticut man also has been charged in the riot after he was allegedly identified in video showing an officer crying out in pain while pinned against a door frame by rioters.
Patrick Edward McCaughey III was arrested Tuesday in South Salem, N.Y., and charged with assaulting or resisting government officers and riot- and Capitol trespassing-related charges in the violent confrontation with D.C. police officer Daniel Hodges.
Information about McCaughey’s attorney was not immediately available.
In a widely shared video of the violence against police that day, charging papers say, McCaughey appears to be the individual in a tan jacket seen thrusting a looted police riot shield against Hodges while the crowd he is with chants “Heave-ho” and presses its weight against it. The video shows a phalanx of police behind Hodges trying to push back the mob.
McCaughey engaged with Hodges shortly before the crowd sprayed tear-gas-like substances and ripped off the officer’s gas mask to expose his bloodied mouth, charging papers said.
“Come on man, you are going to get squished just go home,” a voice is heard consistent with McCaughey’s tone and volume, an FBI affidavit said.
“Just go home. . . . Don’t try and use that stick on me boy,” McCaughey is identified as saying as he continued to push against Hodges, who held a police baton, the FBI said.
For the next 45 seconds, Hodges repeatedly cried out in pain, while a crowd of dozens of rioters continued to push, chant and wave Trump and U.S. flags, charging papers said.
Eventually, McCaughey appears to reset the officer’s dislodged helmet and urges an officer behind him to let Hodges fall back, charging papers said.
“Hey you, this guy isn’t doing too well,” McCaughey said, according to the FBI, before repeating, “Let this guy through, he’s hurt, he’s hurt, let him back.”
But McCaughey allegedly keeps hold of the riot shield, even as the crowd behind him withdraws, and “begins striking other uniformed law enforcement officers with the shield,” the affidavit said.
McCaughey was charged after a witness claimed to identify him with 100 percent certainty based on photographs, including a lookout notice sent by D.C. police on Jan. 11, the FBI said.
The witness shared images McCaughey sent to mutual friends, including a selfie taken on Capitol scaffolding, that aligned with Capitol surveillance and other video recorded Jan. 6., the FBI alleged.
In announcing McCaughey’s arrest with the FBI’s Washington Field Office, Michael R. Sherwin, acting U.S. attorney for D.C., called the attack on Hodges “abhorrent and quintessentially un-American” and an assault on “the Capitol and the rule of law itself.”
Sherwin added: “It is my pledge that anyone involved in violent attacks on law enforcement at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Hodges, 32, has returned to duty.
“The zealotry of these people is absolutely unreal,” Hodges previously told The Washington Post. “I didn’t want to be the guy who starts shooting, because I knew they had guns — we had been seizing guns all day.”
“And the only reason I could think of that they weren’t shooting us was they were waiting for us to shoot first,” Hodges said. “And if it became a firefight between a couple hundred officers and a couple thousand demonstrators, we would have lost.”
Also on Wednesday, a Florida man wanted in the Capitol siege was arrested in Northern Virginia while headed back to the District, according to the FBI’s Washington Field Office and a law enforcement document.
Samuel Camargo, 26, of Broward County was detained by Alexandria police on four federal counts related to alleged actions during the mob attack Jan. 6, the FBI said in a statement.
It’s unclear why Camargo was headed back to Washington on Inauguration Day. An arrest warrant was issued for him Jan. 15.
A friend of Camargo contacted authorities Jan. 6 to report that Camargo had posted photos and messages on social media claiming that he had participated in the riot that resulted in the deaths of one police officer and four rioters and damaged the Capitol building, according to charging documents in federal court in D.C.
In one of the posts, Camargo claimed that he removed a piece of the Capitol he called “memorabilia” and posted a photo of what appeared to be a long piece of metal, according to the charging documents.
Another video showed Camargo struggling with a Capitol Police officer at an entrance to the Capitol, according to charging documents.
An FBI agent who interviewed Camargo wrote in court documents that Camargo acknowledged that he had been present at the Capitol riot.
Afterward, Camargo posted on social media that he had spoken with an FBI agent and wrote that “I believe I’ve been cleared,” according to charging documents.
Camargo is facing charges of civil disorder, knowingly entering a restricted building, knowingly engaging in disorderly conduct in a restricted building, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
No attorney for Camargo was listed in court documents. Alexandria police referred questions about his case to federal authorities.