At least three men who participated in the January 6 uprising at the US Capitol have a history of arrests for domestic violence or sexual abuse, including allegations of violence against women and children, or insurgents with a disturbing record of arrests. The number has been expanded. in February, Investigation Nine other Jan. 6 participants were found who had similar histories, ranging from charges of intimate partner violence to prison sentences for sexual assault.
One of the newly enlisted men, who was charged with assaulting a police officer on January 6, was responsible for “multiple hospital visits for multiple victims”, as reported by . Another man charged in connection with the Capitol riot has been arrested multiple times for domestic violence, but has never been prosecuted, and is facing trial on child abuse charges, it was found.
And a third, who allegedly yelled at Capitol police that they were “protecting pedophiles,” was convicted of statutory rape in 2010, CNN Reported last week.
The connection between extremism and violent misogyny has become much clearer in recent years as more and more mass shooters have been found. history Due to violent behavior towards women. Although most abusive men do not commit major acts of violence, the relationship between violence against women and extremism is too obvious to ignore, Experts Said.
Bridget Todd, communications director at the feminist organization UltraViolet, said, “We still, in this day and age, view violence against women as a personal or family issue, as opposed to a disturbing indicator of someone who Could be more violent.” Told in February.
The details in the three newly detected cases are shocking. Ryan Samsell, 38, is charged with assaulting a US Capitol police officer and shaking him as he stormed barricades. according to prosecutors, Samsel has “an extensive criminal history of assault and violent behavior” toward women and has been convicted of assaulting women at least three times.
“The underlying facts of these other convicts are extremely disturbing,” prosecutors wrote of Samsell in the case of the Pennsylvania man. detention memorandum. “They show a pattern of Samsel being sedated and sedated, multiple hospital visits for multiple victims, broken and missing teeth, and Samsel even at a victim’s home. I break several times to attack.”
Prosecutors said Samsell’s criminal history includes a 2006 assault in which he attempted to drive a woman down the street with his car, punched her windshield and told her he would kill her if he didn’t get the $60 back. . In 2009, Samsel was convicted of simple assault and reckless endangerment when he “kept the victim against her will for five hours, pushed her into an unconscious state, pushed her, beat her, and cut her teeth.” given,” the detention memo says.
Samsel was again convicted of simple assault in 2011 for strangling and beating his pregnant girlfriend, among other charges. In 2015, he was convicted for the third time of simple assault, involving an isolated female victim, who told police Samsel had choked him to the point of losing consciousness.
In 2019, another woman came forward and alleged that Samsel barged into her house, assaulted her and strangled her several times till she lost consciousness. “The victim also alleged that Samsel raped her several times, and she was often afraid that he would kill her,” the detention memo said. The woman told the police that she had received a restraining order against Samsel, but had violated it several times.
When Samsell traveled to Washington to participate in the January 6 riots, he had an open warrant for his arrest on charges of assault, and he was also on parole for a separate incident. Samsel’s lawyers did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
George Riley, a 43-year-old who identifies as Native American who wore feathers and a black face paint on the Capitol, has a “history of arrest for domestic violence against previous relationships,” prosecutors said. charge document. None of Riley’s domestic abuse arrests resulted in prosecution.
Riley’s ex-wife Megan Teefy said, “I really can’t put into words the fear he instills in you.” Taffy revealed that Riley abused her physically and emotionally during their four-year relationship.
According to prosecutors, Riley is awaiting trial in California on felony charges, in which she is accused of “allegedly thrashing and thrashing her child in public, resulting in multiple visible scars and resulting in her The son has lost consciousness for some time.” Riley was on release pending trial for those child abuse charges when he went to Washington for the January 6 action.
Riley is facing federal fee Including an attack on the Capitol, including disorderly and disruptive conduct on a restricted basis, for obstructing an official proceeding. Riley’s lawyers did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
In the third case, Sean McHugh, 34, of Auburn, Calif., who faces eight felony counts for his involvement in the Capitol rebellion, including assaulting police officers and obstructing congressional proceedings, was also statutory in 2010. Was convicted of rape and sentenced to 240. days in prison and four years’ probation, CNN Reported last week.
According to the charging documents, McHugh allegedly shouted at Capitol police officers while attempting to storm the building: “You guys like to protect pedophiles?” “You are protecting the Communists!”; “I would have shivered even in your little crap shoes”; “We have a Second Amendment behind us, then what are you going to do?”; “You’re not holding the line!”
In McHugh’s statutory rape case, the prosecutor said the victim was 14 and McHugh was 23 when the crime occurred, CNN reported.
McHugh declined to comment through his attorney.
The same far-right extremists who weaponize conspiracy theories and hate to radicalize followers online are unfairly trafficking women in their plight to silence and turn away the women they love. considered a threat to power.
Rep. Jackie Spear (D-Cal.), co-chair of the bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence
Details of many cases found in this original test Similarly disturbing. Capitol rioter Edward Hemenway was released from prison in 2013 after serving five years on charges of rape, sexual battery and criminal imprisonment. According to court records, Hemenway lured his estranged wife to a hotel in 2004, where he handcuffed her, shut her mouth and raped her. Another rebel, Guy Refitt of Wylie, Texas, put his wife in a chokehold in 2018 until she nearly regained consciousness, according to a police report. When police asked how long he held his wife, Refit replied that “she had trouble remembering but said not for long because he loved her,” according to the report. Reffitt’s wife, Nicole Reffitt, Confirmed That physical change happened in February, though he couldn’t remember the specific details.
Violence against women, such as domestic abuse or sexual assault, often leads to more violence.
“The link between far-right extremists and malpractices is highly predictable,” Rep. Jackie Spear (D-Calif.) said in February. She is co-chair of the bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence. “The same far-right extremists who weaponize conspiracy theories and hate to radicalize followers online are trafficking in them to silence women in their plight and stay away from women who see them as threats to their power. Huh.”
It is also learned that at least one other pro-Trump rallygoer has been arrested over incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault near the Capitol grounds during the riots.
Benjamin Martin of Fresno, Calif., attends a pro-Trump rally on Jan. Although he is not facing any federal charges, Martin told GV Wire of Northern California. news site, that he was inside the Capitol, but only because he was forced out by the mob while trying to defuse the situation between the rioters and the Capitol police. Martin told GV Wire that he was about 15 feet inside the building before exiting, adding that Antifa was to blame for the rebellion and vandalism at the Capitol. (There is no evidence that anti-fascist activists, known as Antifa, were involved in the January 6 riots.)
Martin was accused of domestic violence by his ex-girlfriend in 2017. KFSN-TV in Fresno Reported. The ex-girlfriend told police that Martin strangled her after she looked through his phone and accused her of contacting escorts. police report. That same year, there was an arrest warrant for Martin after he allegedly threatened his estranged wife and damaged her car. The charges for the incident with his estranged wife were dropped when he entered a plea for an incident of domestic violence with his ex-girlfriend.
Last year, Martin’s sister requested a restraining order after he repeatedly threatened her. “Benjamin threatened and harassed me to ‘take me out’,” said sister police report. “I’m not sure what he means by that and he’s very angry [losing] His real estate license. He wants to take it out on someone. I believe he is angry enough to do something for me and my family.” The case was later dismissed.
Not facing Martin…