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Iowa man tried to steal gun from D.C. officer during Capitol riot, prosecutors say

D.C. Police officer Michael Fanone is swarmed by pro-Trump rioters at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
D.C. Police officer Michael Fanone is swarmed by pro-Trump rioters at the Capitol on Jan. 6. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Authorities said Friday that they have arrested a man who attempted to grab a service weapon from a D.C. police officer during the attack on the U.S. Capitol in January.

Kyle J. Young, 37, of Redfield, Iowa, was arrested Wednesday along with Albuquerque C. Head, 41, of Kingsport, Tenn. Both are accused of assaulting Michael Fanone, a D.C. officer who was dragged down the steps of the Capitol, attacked with an electroshock weapon and beaten unconscious by the mob.

Indicted with Head and Young was Thomas Sibick, 35, of Buffalo, who was already charged with beating Fanone and stealing the officer’s badge and radio. The indictment, unsealed Wednesday, was made public Friday.

Daniel Rodriguez, 38, of Fontana, Calif., is accused in a separate indictment of using an electroshock weapon on Fanone.

How battered D.C. police made a stand against the Capitol mob

An attorney for Young did not return a request for comment; an attorney for Head could not be reached. Young is also accused of assaulting a U.S. Capitol Police officer identified in court papers only by the initials M.M.

In an interview days after the attack, Fanone recalled hearing the crowd shout, “Kill him with his own gun!” as he drifted in and out of consciousness.

“From the first time they engaged, individuals were trying to grab my gun from the holster, putting their hands on top of the gun,” Fanone said.

Thinking it was a “life-or-death situation,” he appealed to the crowd’s humanity by telling them he was a father. Some in the crowd came forward to protect him until he was dragged to safety by a partner.

Peter Hermann contributed to this report.

The Jan. 6 insurrection

Congressional hearings: The House committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol held a series of high-profile hearings to share its findings with the U.S. public. What was likely to be the panel’s final public hearing has been postponed because of Hurricane Ian. Here’s a guide to the biggest hearing moments so far.

Will there be charges? The committee could make criminal referrals of former president Donald Trump over his role in the attack, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said in an interview.

What we know about what Trump did on Jan. 6: New details emerged when Hutchinson testified before the committee and shared what she saw and heard on Jan. 6.

The riot: On Jan. 6, 2021, a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of the 2020 election results. Five people died on that day or in the immediate aftermath, and 140 police officers were assaulted.

Inside the siege: During the rampage, rioters came perilously close to penetrating the inner sanctums of the building while lawmakers were still there, including former vice president Mike Pence. The Washington Post examined text messages, photos and videos to create a video timeline of what happened on Jan. 6.

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