District of Columbia Attorney’s Office: Pennsylvania man charged with assault on law enforcement during Jan. 6 Capitol violation

August 26, 2021

A Pennsylvania man was charged yesterday with crimes in connection with the violation of the US capital on January 6, which disrupted a joint session of the US Congress that was in the process of establishing and counting the votes in the presidential election. Ryan Samsel, 37, of Levittown, was charged on Aug. 25 with federal offenses involving assault, resistance or obstruction of certain officers; engage in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds; perform a physical act of violence in Capitol grounds; and prevention of an official procedure. Samsel has been in custody since his arrest on January 30 due to a criminal complaint. A due date for the indictment has not yet been set in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. According to court documents, Samsel was caught in publicly available video taken by a crowd pushing and pulling on barricades on the west side of the Capitol. In the process of pushing the barricades to the ground, Samsel and others knocked over a U.S. Capitol police officer, causing a head injury when the officer’s head hit the ground. In another confrontation, according to court documents, Samsel tried to pull a riot shield from a uniformed U.S. Capitol police officer. The case is being pursued by the U.S. District Attorney’s Office of the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in Pennsylvania. The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, which identified Samsel as # 51 in its search information images, with significant assistance from the U.S. Capitol Police and the Bucks Montco Safe Streets Task Force from the Fort Washington residence in the Philadelphia Field Office. In the seven months since Jan. 6, more than 570 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the violation of the U.S. Capitol, including over 170 people accused of assault or obstruction of law enforcement. The investigation continues. Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov. The charges in any criminal charge or indictment are allegations. Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.

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