Authorities said on Friday that an actor in Dallas allegedly used a cane to beat police officers during the January uprising and the siege of the U.S. Capitol. He has been arrested and charged in federal court.
According to the FBI’s affidavit, Luke Russell Coffee, 41, was captured in video and photos during the riots on January 6 when they used officers to charge the officers with crutches.
Coffee, a graduate of Baylor University, said in an online biography that he moved to Hollywood to pursue a film career after graduating from college. He said that he has produced two primetime TV shows for Warner Bros. and NBC/Universal. Coffee said that he returned to his hometown of Dallas in 201
Coffee at Highland Park High School, at least 13th in North Texas, has to face allegations related to the riot.
He was charged with assaulting federal law enforcement officers with dangerous weapons, interfering with law enforcement officers during civil strife, obstructing formal procedures, illegal entry on the grounds of restriction and illegal acts on the grounds of Congress.
The coffee’s lawyer could not be reached for comment on Friday.
Authorities said that to help identify Coffee as a college classmate, he is an FBI agent. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has filed a motion to detain coffee while awaiting trial. The detention hearing is scheduled for March 8.
An affidavit stated that the FBI received some tips on coffee, and an eyewitness reported seeing a social media video in which the coffee discussed several conspiracy theories.
Agents of the Dallas FBI tracked the tip named Coffee on January 13. Coffee admitted that he had been on crutches in the Capitol on the day of the riot, but he denied being involved in any physical confrontation with the police. Affidavit.
According to the FBI, he said he drove by truck from Dallas to Washington on January 4 and arrived the next day.
The affidavit stated that the FBI agent who went to college with coffee saw the social media posts of his former classmates in the Capitol on January 6 and showed him these posts. Afterwards, these posts were “banned from public display,” the affidavit stated. .
The man who said it was the coffee was wearing a cowboy hat, camouflage jacket, headscarf and gray backpack. The FBI said that shortly after 4 pm, he was on the steps of the entrance to the lower terrace of the Capitol.
According to the FBI, he turned to the crowd and “seems to have made a few words, but I can’t hear them.”
The FBI said that he subsequently joined the Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police in Washington, D.C., to fight violent rioters who defended buildings in the low-level terrace tunnel area. The authorities said that while trying to prevent the mob from entering the building, the officer was hit by various throwing objects and many people were injured.
The affidavit stated that at about 4:30 pm, coffee was seen in contact with the police on the police officer’s body camera image, and the crutches were pushed into the police team.
The affidavit said: “After being forced to leave the officer, Coffee charged towards the officer while still holding a cane.” “It seems…Coffee intends to further use the cane as a blunt weapon.”
The FBI said the officer had to stop him.
Coffee stated on his website that he produced and directed music videos, web-based content and advertisements.His website also says that he is the star of NBC Friday night light And played the “protagonist” in a movie by Ridley Scott hunt.