Trump supporter who ‘blind-sided’ Capitol cop on Jan. 6 arrested by FBI

WASHINGTON — A supporter of Donald Trump who allegedly “blind-sided” and pushed a Capitol Police officer over a ledge throughout the Jan. 6, 2021 riot was arrested by the FBI at his house in Queens on Wednesday.

Ralph Joseph Celentano, 54, is charged with assaulting an officer within the efficiency of their duties, impeding officers throughout a civil dysfunction, partaking in bodily violence on Capitol grounds, an act of bodily violence on Capitol grounds, and disorderly conduct on restricted grounds, in line with courtroom paperwork. A legislation enforcement supply stated that Celentano is unemployed.

Image: Ralph Joseph Celentano with a folding chair on his back.
Ralph Joseph Celentano with a folding chair on his again.USADC

Celentano, who had a “very distinct folding chair strapped to his again” and a Trump hat on his head, was seen on video shoving a Capitol Police officer from behind, inflicting them to fall over a ledge, in line with authorities. On-line sleuths searching for to establish Jan. 6 suspects had dubbed the person #ChairGuy, and he was listed as particular person #107 on the FBI’s Capitol Violence web site.

Image: Ralph Joseph Celentano
Ralph Joseph Celentano.USADC

The Capitol Police officer, recognized by the initials “Ok.E.,” instructed the FBI he recalled being “blind-sided” from behind in a “football-type deal with,” and fell to the terrace under.

“Officer Ok.E. stated he in all probability sustained accidents throughout the fall, however he had a lot adrenaline at the moment that he couldn’t ensure,” the FBI affidavit states. “Officer Ok.E., an Iraq struggle veteran, recalled pondering ‘I did not survive a struggle to exit like this.'”

Celentano additionally acquired in a number of different bodily confrontations with officers on Jan. 6, the FBI affidavit alleges.

It seems that on-line sleuths performed a job within the case in opposition to Celentano. The FBI affidavit said that Celentano was “present in {a photograph} publicly posted to a social media account.” The bureau stated they confirmed Celentano’s identification by interviewing one other individual featured within the social media pictures, who had recognized Celentano for greater than 13 years.

The FBI then acquired EZ Move toll info from a car operated by Celentano’s important different exhibiting that the automotive left Broad Channel, New York, at 3 a.m. ET the morning of the riot and returned at round 7:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 7.

NBC New York first reported on Celentano’s arrest and stated there was a heavy legislation enforcement presence on the scene of his house.

The arrest on Wednesday adopted the Justice Division’s victory in its case in opposition to Man Reffitt, the primary Jan. 6 defendant case delivered to trial. After deliberating for barely two hours on Tuesday, jurors convicted Reffitt on all 5 expenses he confronted.

The FBI has remodeled 775 arrests in reference to the Jan. 6 assault, federal authorities say. On-line sleuths investigating the Jan. 6 assault, who’ve efficiently recognized a whole bunch of defendants, counted greater than 2,500 folks who both unlawfully entered the Capitol constructing or assaulted legislation enforcement officers exterior the constructing. A whole bunch of individuals on the FBI’s web site stay at giant.

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