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Friday, April 23, 2021

Kentucky Man Arrested for Assaulting a U.S. Capitol Police Officer in Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

Man Knocked Officer Unconscious and Pushed, Shoved and Grabbed Police During Capitol Breach

Note: A full copy of the complaint can be viewed here.

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, April 20th, the District of Columbia unsealed a criminal complaint against Stephen Chase Randolph, 31, of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, for assaulting a U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officer and engaging in disorderly conduct.

Randolph was arrested pursuant to a complaint and made his initial appearance in court on April 20, 2021 in the Western District of Kentucky. The complaint charges Randolph with assaulting, resisting or impeding an officer causing bodily injury; obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder; and obstruction of justice and Congress.

According to court documents, Randolph was at the Capitol on Jan. 6 where he was captured on video pushing into and pulling barricades from officers. As depicted in the video, Johnson became confrontational with USCP officers as he approached a barricade blocking access to Pennsylvania walkway. He can be seen forcibly pushing and pulling on the metal barricades, causing a USCP officer to fall and hit her head on the stairs before losing consciousness. He continued to assault two other USCP officers by physically pushing, shoving, grabbing and generally resisting the officers. In conversation with undercover agents, Randolph stated, “It was f****** fun,” referring to being in the crowd at the U.S. Capitol.

In the same conversation with agents acting in an undercover capacity, Randolph said he witnessed a female police officer get pushed over by barricades and that her head had bounced off the handrails by the stairs. Randolph opined that the police officer likely had a concussion because she was curled up in the fetal position after being pushed to the ground.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section are prosecuting the case, with valuable assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky.

The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, along with the U.S. Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Department, who listed Johnson as #168 on their seeking information photos. Significant assistance in this matter was provided by the FBI-Louisville Field Office.

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

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

Updated April 23, 2021