Jan. 6 rioter nicknamed 'shield grampy' admits to assaulting officers at the Capitol

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WASHINGTON — A Jan. 6 rioter nicknamed "Shield Grampy" by online sleuths has admitted that he utilized a stolen constabulary shield during nan sadistic conflict astatine nan little westbound passageway and assaulted officers pinch a flagpole-like entity and a baton.

Anthony Mastanduno pleaded guilty to 9 counts connected Wednesday and was ordered taken into custody by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who group his sentencing for June 27. Mastanduno, 61, was arrested successful August, pinch an FBI affidavit noting that online "sedition hunters" had fixed Mastanduno his nickname "due to his property and his usage of a stolen constabulary shield to battle MPD officers astatine nan entranceway to nan tunnel."

Mastanduno antecedently lived in Farmingdale, New York, but now lives successful North Carolina.

According to an agreed-upon tribunal filing, he "was wearing a reddish shot headdress pinch a spot connected nan measure and 'Trump 2020 Keep America Great!' embroidered successful achromatic thread, a camouflage jacket, and a backpack" connected Jan. 6 and also, astatine times, "donned large, clear goggles pinch a blast elastic strap." He entered nan Capitol astir 4 minutes aft it was first breached by a monolithic battalion of rioters led by Michael Sparks, who jumped done a window smashed successful by Proud Boy Dominic Pezzola.

Mastanduno admitted he "was astatine nan beforehand of a statement of rioters who overwhelmed constabulary officers successful the Crypt" and past joined nan mob extracurricular nan Capitol by nan little westbound terrace, wherever immoderate of nan astir sadistic unit of nan time took place. Mastanduno admitted that he "picked up and threw a blue, flagpole-like entity into nan rima of nan tunnel, arsenic if throwing a javelin aliases spear toward nan statement of outnumbered constabulary officers who were defending nan Capitol against nan wide of rioters."

Anthony Mastanduno astatine nan U.S. Capitol connected January 6Anthony Mastanduno carries a shield astatine nan U.S. Capitol connected Jan. 6, 2021.FBI

Minutes later, Mastanduno admitted, he "obtained a constabulary shield that had been stolen from nan officers, which he utilized to push against nan aforesaid statement of officers astatine nan rima of nan tunnel. While he pushed, he besides utilized a telescoping baton, which tin beryllium worn connected one’s hep and which expands successful length, to onslaught astatine officers aggregate times."

The plea from "Shield Grampy" came 1 time aft different rioter fixed nan nickname "Conan O'Riot" because of his resemblance to erstwhile precocious nighttime big Conan O'Brien pleaded blameworthy to 1 charge.

More than 1,300 group person been charged successful relationship pinch nan Jan. 6 onslaught and much than 950 defendants person been convicted. Nearly 500 defendants person been sentenced to periods of incarceration, including a record-setting 22-year condemnation for Proud Boy Enrique Tarrio.

Mastanduno's plea besides came nan aforesaid time that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., endorsed Donald Trump for president successful 2024, conscionable complete 3 years aft nan Senate GOP leader said that location was "no question" that Trump was "practically and morally responsible" for provoking nan Jan. 6 attack.

"The group who stormed this building believed they were acting connected nan wishes and instructions of their president," McConnell said aft nan Jan. 6 attack, calling Trump's behaviour "disgraceful," though he voted to acquit nan erstwhile president successful his insurrection impeachment trial.

Social media posts cited by nan FBI successful Mastanduno's lawsuit bespeak that he profoundly believed Trump's lies astir nan 2020 statesmanlike election. “I hated Obama and hated his authorities but still considered him my president because he won honestly," Mastanduno wrote. “My Trump emblem [will] alert precocious and proud successful my beforehand gait till 1/20/2025.”

Ryan J. Reilly

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