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Colorado man charged with punching, assaulting officers in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

A Colorado sheriff identified Avery Carter MacCracken, 68, as a suspect sought by authorities investigating the riot, the FBI said.
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A Colorado man accused of attacking two police officers during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was being held by federal authorities Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Charges filed Friday against the man, Avery Carter MacCracken, included assaulting, resisting or impeding police; civil disorder; and physical violence in the Capitol grounds.

Court documents described MacCracken as "transient" and "oftentimes homeless," and local officials said he lived out of a vehicle.

Colorado federal public defender Virginia L. Grady, who has said her policy is not to comment on cases, did not respond to requests Tuesday evening.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Washington, D.C., said in a statement that MacCracken was arrested Saturday in Telluride, made an appearance Tuesday in federal court in Colorado and remained in custody pending further appearances.

Charging documents used only initials to identify the Capitol Police officers MacCracken is alleged to have attacked on Jan. 6, when hundreds of Trump supporters tried to thwart Congress’ counting of the electoral votes in the 2020 election.

"MacCracken punched Officer J.G. with his closed fist in the right cheek, causing a cut to the face under his right eye," federal documents allege.

An FBI agent wrote that he then attacked a second officer, writing: "As MacCracken moved along the police line, he also physically engaged with assaulting Officer H.F. The assault is characterized by pushing, shoving, grabbing Officer H.F.’s arm/elbow and possibly striking him."

Image: Avery Carter MacCracken
U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C.
Image: Avery Carter MacCracken
Still images from video purporting to show Avery Carter MacCracken at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C.

Two people in Texas were also recently arrested and charged with assaulting police during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Donald Hazard, 43, of Hurst, and Lucas Denney, 44, of Mansfield, were arrested Monday, prosecutors said.

The two men are members of a self-described militia group called the "Patriot Boys of North Texas" and Denney was the president, the FBI wrote in an affidavit filed in the criminal case.

Denney sent messages to people ahead of Jan. 6 and allegedly wrote that he believed Vice President Mike Pence was going to "throw out" electoral votes and that "Trump will stay President," according to court documents.

Both men are accused of taking part in the riot. Hazard allegedly fought with a police officer as they tumbled down steps, and the officer was knocked unconscious, the Justice Department said.

Hazard and Denney appeared in separate federal courts Tuesday. Both remain detained pending further proceedings, the department said.

Federal prosecutors say more than 700 people have been arrested in connection with the rioting. More than 220 have faced charges related to assaulting or impeding officers, they said.

A House select committee has been investigating the riot's possible ties to the Trump White House and some Republican leaders.