Officials said that during the riots in the U.S. Capitol, a man from Michigan was allegedly seen assaulting a police officer with a hockey ball. He was arrested on Thursday with the unsolicited assistance of his father who posted a post from the suspect’s Facebook by FBI agents.
According to the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Michael Joseph Foy, 29, was taken away at 6:30 in the morning in Wixom, a suburb of Detroit.
Authorities said that about seven hours later, he made a brief appearance in court and was ordered to stay in prison until his next hearing on Monday afternoon.
Allegedly, Foy was among the rioters, instigated by former President Donald Trump, a lie about election fraud, who swept the U.S. Capitol on January 6. They managed to postpone but did not stop Congress from officially accepting the election results of the Electoral College, which proved the victory of President Biden.
Officials said he faces charges of entering restricted buildings, obstructing law enforcement officials, obstructing federal officials, assisting and teaching, and obstructing formal Congressional procedures.
The FBI said it had a videotape showing Foy using a hockey stick to target members of the Metropolitan Police Department.
The authorities said in an affidavit: “Foy started attacking a group of Metropolitan police who helped protect the U.S. Capitol. They were knocked down and dragged into the rioting crowd.”
“The attack lasted about 16 seconds until Foy was knocked down by another mob. At that time, Foy turned his head in the crowd and lowered his headscarf, revealing his clear face.”
The FBI said the agent was taken to Foy thanks to a photo of the suspect posted by his father Joseph Foy on Facebook.
The affidavit shows that his father posted a photo of Foy in front of the Washington Monument on January 6, holding the “Trump 2020” logo-pasted on a hockey stick. In another image, the suspect was draped in an American flag.
Court documents show that Foy initially became the radar of the FBI when the hawker told the agents that he had participated in the attack that killed the Capitol police. But the affidavit clearly stated that “there is no evidence that the suspect killed a police officer.”
The affidavit said: “Nevertheless, we still include this fact to explain the subsequent investigation steps.”
On publicly listed phone numbers in Wixom and Westland, Michigan, members of the Foy family could not be immediately contacted for comment. When Foy, a federal public defense lawyer, first appeared in court, he could not immediately contact the lawyer for comment.
Ali Gostanian (Ali Gostanian) and Matteo Moschella (Matteo Moschella) Contributed.