Man who pinned DC police officer to doorframe during January 6 riots convicted of 7 felony counts

A man who was seen smashing a Metropolitan Police Department officer into a door frame during the Riots at the Capitol on January 6 He has been convicted of nine crimes, seven of them felonies, the Justice Department said Tuesday. Patrick McCaughey III, 25, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, and two others were convicted on multiple counts in a bench trial by former President Trump-appointed US District Judge Trevor McFadden.

Tristan Chandler Stevens, 26, of Pensacola, Florida, and David Mehaffie, 63, of Kettering, Ohio, were found guilty of five felony counts and two felony counts, respectively.

On Jan. 6, 2021, “all three defendants attempted to enter the building by directing other rioters, engaging in claw slashes against the police line, using stolen Capitol Police riot shields, and assaulting three specified officers,” the judge said. . Department said. “Mehaffie hung from an arch and shouted instructions from above, and McCaughey and Stevens were key players in the melee below. McCaughey grabbed a riot shield and used it as a weapon. Even after officers finally cleared the tunnel area, All three defendants remained unlawfully on the Capitol grounds.”

All three men were convicted on assault charges, however McFadden only agreed to add a dangerous weapons enhancement, which could increase the final prison sentence, to McCaughey’s convictions, according to the CBS affiliate. WUSA-TV. McFadden ruled that the riot shields the three men stole were not inherently dangerous weapons, but that they became one from the way McCaughey used them, WUSA-TV reports.

McCaughey was captured on video using a riot shield to pin MPD Officer Daniel Hodges to a door during the riot. Hodges could be seen screaming in pain as he was crushed in the driveway as rioters tried to enter the Capitol building. In an interview with CBS News, Hodges said that in the videos McCaughey can be seen grabbing his gas mask, banging his head against the door and ripping it off.

“I definitely thought that might be it,” Hodges said. “You may not be able to get out of there.”

Hodges, along with several other law enforcement officers, also testified before the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol riots. He repeatedly called the rioters “terrorists” throughout his opening statement.

He said that while his head was being “bashed” by a rioter, he feared “at best” it might collapse and become a burden to his colleagues. “In the worst case,” he added, “being dragged into the crowd and lynched.”

He said: “I did the only thing I could do and screamed for help.”

The seven felonies for which McCaughey was convicted are: three counts of aiding, abetting, or assaulting, resisting, or hindering law enforcement officers, including one involving a dangerous weapon; one count of obstructing an official proceeding; one count of interfering with a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder; one count of disorderly conduct and disorderly conduct in a building or restricted grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon, and one count of engaging in physical violence in a building or restricted grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon.

He faces decades in prison.

Stevens and Mehaffie were acquitted of obstruction charges.

McCaughey, who was 23 at the time, was arrested on Jan. 19, 2021, in South Salem, New York, according to The Associated Press.

McCaughey, who has US and German citizenship, was unemployed and living with his mother in Ridgefield, an affluent city on the border with New York, public defender Jason Ser said at the time. He was arrested at his father’s second home, where he was in quarantine, the AP reported.

McCaughey will be sentenced on January 26, 2023, according to the Justice Department.

Cassidy McDonald contributed reporting.

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