DC police seek to identify suspect in Capitol riot assault on officer

D.C. police are asking for the public’s help in identifying this suspect in the assault on officer Daniel Hodges during the U.S. Capitol riot. (Courtesy D.C. Police)

D.C. police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in an assault on an officer during the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Police say the suspect assaulted and used a clear police shield to pin D.C. police officer Daniel Hodges in a door jamb during the riot on Jan. 6, according to a news release.

Police are releasing photos of the suspect and asking for the public’s help.

Hodges told NBC Washington that when he was trying to stop rioters from breaching the Capitol he was slammed in a door. A man ripped off his mask and stole his baton and hit him over the head with it.

“We were fighting with everything we had to push them back. I got pinned in the doorway. They ripped my mask off, stole my equipment, beat me up, sprayed me and everything,” Hodges said.
He said that he was grateful that he was there to help.
“If it wasn’t my job I would have done that for free. It was absolutely my pleasure to crush a White Nationalist insurrection and I’m glad I was in a position to be able to help and I would do it as many times as it takes,” Hodges said.

Anyone who can identify this individual or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at 202-727-9099 or text a tip to the Department’s text tip line at 50411, police said.

There is a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in D.C.

In addition, anyone with information about this suspect is asked to contact the FBI’s tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Information, photos, or videos that could be relevant to the case can be submitted online on the FBI website. Those with information can also contact a local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

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