Seattle man charged with assaulting officer in Capitol riot

A Seattle Man Has Been Arrested And Charged With Crimes Related To The Insurrection. Pc Victor J. Blue Bloomberg
A Seattle man has been arrested and charged with crimes related to the insurrection. PC: Victor J. Blue / Bloomberg

SEATTLE (AP) — A 51-year-old Seattle man has been charged with assaulting a federal police officer when a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol last week.

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The Seattle Times reports that Mark J. Leffingwell was also charged Thursday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with entering a restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

In the criminal complaint filed against Leffingwell, a Capitol Police officer said that while forming a barrier with other officers to block a crowd from entering the Senate wing through a first-floor window, Leffingwell attempted to push past and then repeatedly punched an officer.

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A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington D.C. confirmed Sunday that Leffingwell is from Seattle, the newspaper reported, which Leffingwell stated on the record during a proceeding before a magistrate judge on Friday.

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Leffingwell was released on his personal recognizance to a third-party custodian — his wife. Leffingwell and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment by the newspaper.

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