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Department of Justice
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Colorado Man Arrested for Assault on Law Enforcement During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

Defendant Accused of Fighting Officers, Pushing Large Metal Sign Into Defensive Line Formed by Law Enforcement

            WASHINGTON — A Colorado man was arrested today for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes related to the presidential election.

            Thomas Patrick Hamner, 48, of Peyton, Colo., is charged with engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, civil disorder, and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers with a dangerous weapon, among other charges. He was arrested in Colorado Springs and was to make his initial court appearance today in the District of Colorado.

            According to court documents, at approximately 1 p.m. on Jan. 6, a crowd of violent rioters assembled on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. U.S. Capitol Police formed a line of bike racks to act as a barrier against the crowd. Officers fended off repeated attempts by the rioters to pull on the bike racks, either with their hands or with ropes and straps. Video footage depicts Hamner fighting with officers from the U.S. Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Department over one such police barricade on the West Plaza. Additionally, at approximately 1:40 p.m., Hamner joined other rioters in pushing a large metal sign into the defensive line formed by law enforcement.

            This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado.

            The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Denver Field Office, Colorado Springs Resident Agency and the FBI’s Washington Field Office, which identified Hamner as #61 in its seeking information photos. Assistance was provided by the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Capitol Police.

            In the ten months since Jan. 6, more than 675 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 210 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.

            Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.

            The charges contained in any criminal complaint or indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated November 9, 2021