Ridgefield man accused in U.S. Capitol siege is hit with additional assault and riot charges

Edmund H. Mahony, Hartford Courant
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The Ridgefield man captured on camera assaulting a police officer at the U.S. Capitol in January has been formally charged with new assault and more riot-related charges in a 9-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia.

The indictment accuses Patrick E. McCaughey III with assaulting a second police officer during a violent attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald J. Trump on January 6. The addition of an assault on a second officer, along with a half dozen new riot-related charges means McCaughey, 23, could face ten years or more in the almost certain event he is convicted on the video evidence.

Widely circulated video recordings show McCaughey at the front of a violent mob that attacked an entrance on the west side of the Capitol. He can be seen battering one officer with a stolen police riot shield and then turning to strike another when the first officer his rescued by fellow officers.

The indictment, which is undated, accuses McCaughey of two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon - the shield - and assorted charges of civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, disorderly and disruptive conduct and engaging in physical violence.

Video audio and video recordings of show McCaughey at various locations around the Capitol, in addition to the west entrance. In one exchange that helped authorities track him down, he told a fellow rioter from Texas that he was from Connecticut. He was arrested January 19 and, the following day, he was denied bail and his case was transferred to Washington D.C.

McCaughey lives with his mother mother. Some former Ridgefield High School classmates have described him as quiet and withdrawn. One called him troubled.

Federal authorities around the country continue to work to identify and locate those involved in the rioting. In recent days they have begun filing conspiracy charges against alleged organizers. There was nothing Monday in the indictment against McCaughey to suggest he is viewed as an organizer.