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During the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, an unidentified man allegedly used a police shield to pin Washington Metropolitan Police Department officer Daniel Hodges in a door jam. That man is now a wanted suspect.
On Friday the MPD and the FBI released a joint statement containing photos of the suspect and asked the public for help locating him.
“Anyone who can identify this individual or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia,” the statement reads.
“Anyone with information regarding this individual is asked to contact the FBI’s Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) to verbally report tips. Please refer to #62 AFO- Subject who attacked Officer Hodges. You may also submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant online at fbi.gov/USCapitol. You may also contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate,” it continued.
View the statement below:
You’ve seen images of Ofc Hodges crushed in the doorway during the insurrection at the US Capitol. Now we need your help finding the suspect who used a police shield to pin him against the door jam.
Have info? Call the FBI’s Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) @FBIWFO pic.twitter.com/AZt2lylfj9
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) January 16, 2021
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) January 16, 2021
Seen on the left side in the first tweet above is a photo of Hodges being crushed in the doorway. Speaking on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” Thursday evening, he described what he’d experienced.
“It was just a double door with glass panes that was pushed out. I was caught in there because I — at that point, that’s where I was for to support the defense and just I ended up getting pinned there by the crowd. There’s a guy ripping my mask off, and he was able to rip away my baton, beat me with it,” he said.
“And he was practically foaming at the mouth. So, just these people were true believers in the worst way. That was all I really had to defend myself against the crush, so I was holding on. But eventually he was able to get away from me, because my arms were pinned, so I couldn’t really effectively defend myself.”
An MPD spokesperson confirmed to Fox News on Friday that Hodges is holding up “fine” despite the ordeal he’d been through.
In separate interviews Thursday with D.C. station WJLA, Hodges and some of his peers offered more details on what it had been like at the Capitol.
“Hodges said there were multiple times that he feared for his life that day. One was when he was surrounded and beaten outside, the second was when the police lines broke on the dais,” the station reported. “He said a protester beat him with his own baton before other officers freed him. He also thought he might be disfigured when one of the assailants was able to get his thumb in his eye and started gouging at it.”
It’s not clear if the rioter who “beat him with his own baton” is the same one whom the MPD and the FBI are pursuing.
“I thought, you know, this might be it. I might die and there’s nothing I can do to defend myself at this point, so I just started screaming at the top of my lungs for them to get a way out, get me a line of retreat,” Hodges told the station.
One of Hodges’ peers, officer Michael Fanone, was also beaten.
“When police managed to push the rioters out of one of the entry points, Officer Michael Fanone said the rioters yanked him out along with them, beating him and tasing him. Fanone, who was a U.S. Capitol police officer once upon a time, said he works in a vice-like unit, wearing plainclothes,” WJLA reported.
“I haven’t put a uniform on in more than a decade. I remember putting my uniform on, I was actually like pulling all my gear out of the plastic bags that it was issue to me in… one of the officers who was in the locker room comes over to me and he’s like ‘Mike, man, we gotta get you squared away, buddy, like you got tags attached to your shirt,'” Fanone told the station.
Hours later, the rioters at the Capitol reportedly tried “pulling other things off of him,” according to WJLA, including his vest, his badge and even his gun.
“I thought about killing people. I remember guys chanting, like, ‘Kill him with his own gun.’ I was tased about a half dozen times on the back of my neck. That sucked… I thought about killing people,” he bluntly said.
Another MPD officer, Christina Laury, added that to this day, it’s hard to comprehend how many people — many of them out of their minds — were at the Capitol that day.
“I don’t think we even understood the magnitude, and the amount of people that were actually there,” she said.
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