Florida Man and Self-Identified Proud Boy Arrested for Assault on Law Enforcement During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach
Defendant Became Aggressive and Violent with Police Trying to Protect the Capitol Building from Rioters
Note: A full copy of the charging documents can be viewed here.
WASHINGTON — Today, a Florida man and self-identified Proud Boy was arrested for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes related to the presidential election.
Daniel Lyons Scott, 28, of Bradenton, is charged with federal offenses that include assault on a federal officer with physical contact and intent to commit another felony; obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder; and knowingly engaging in acts of physical violence on restricted grounds, among other charges. Scott is making his initial court appearance on May 20 in the Middle District of Florida.
According to court documents, Scott is a member of the Proud Boys, a group self-described as a “pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world; aka Western Chauvinists.” Publicly available footage depicts Scott in a black ballistic vest, with goggles clipped to it, at the lower west terrace of the Capitol where a large crowd was yelling at U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers. Scott can be seen pushing two USCP officers backward, up the steps. He appears to be one of the first, or perhaps the first, person to initiate contact with law enforcement at this location.
The 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 Middle District of Florida.
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, as well as the Metropolitan Police Department, with significant assistance provided by the FBI’s Tampa Field Office.
In the first 120 days after Jan. 6, approximately 440 individuals have been arrested on charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, including over 125 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.
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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.