A former actor from Dallas has been charged on a number of counts for his participation within the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Luke Espresso, 41, has been recognized by the FBI as the person photographed wielding a crutch as a weapon close to the doorway of the Decrease Terrace tunnel, the Daily Beast reported Friday.
A rep for Espresso didn’t instantly reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark.
Based on an FBI assertion obtained by Deadline, Espresso allegedly “used a crutch to assault cops from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Division” and was caught doing so in quite a few pictures and movies, together with a number of police physique cams.
The criticism stated that Espresso was recognized by individuals who know him, together with a former faculty classmate who occurs to now be an FBI Particular Agent.
His outfit of “a brown cowboy fashion hat, a camouflage jacket, a blue bandana, and gray backpack” helped determine him.
The FBI stated that in response to footage of the riots, Espresso “appeared to make a number of statements” to the group at one level and later made “bodily contact with MPD and USCP officers.”
In footage from one physique digital camera, Espresso held “the crutch in a extra aggressive method and place in direction of the cops,” and allegedly “supposed to additional use the crutch as blunt object weapon by positioning the crutch immediately towards the officer’s higher chest/head space.” It took two MPD officers to carry him again, in response to the criticism.
Espresso was charged with one depend every of assault of a Federal regulation enforcement officer with a harmful weapon, interference with regulation enforcement officer throughout civil dysfunction, obstruction of an official continuing and disorderly conduct on capitol grounds, and two counts of illegal entry on restricted grounds.
Espresso has had one-off elements in a number of TV reveals together with Chase, Friday Evening Lights and Homicide Made Me Well-known. He was additionally a post-production assistant on Everwood.
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Espresso admitted to being current on the riots in a cellphone interview with the FBI on Jan. 13, the criticism stated, and “knowledgeable the interviewing agent that he had been carrying a brown hat and held up a crutch over his head whereas on the Capitol.”
Nevertheless, Espresso claims that “he didn’t have interaction in any sort of bodily confrontations with the police whereas on the Capitol Constructing.”
Authorized illustration for Espresso couldn’t instantly recognized. He was scheduled to seem in court docket on Friday, NBC Dallas Fort-Worth reported. It’s not clear if he has made a plea right now.