Nash County man charged with assaulting officers on Jan. 6 accused of violating pretrial release terms

22 May 2022

— A 21-year-old from Middlesex charged in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is accused of violating the terms of his pretrial release.

NBC affiliate WCNC reports Matthew Jason Beddingfield went to a restaurant with his mother, an undisclosed location and drove by his father’s house. As part of his pretrial release supervision program, Beddingfield wasn’t allowed to see his father, who reportedly went with Beddingfield to the Capitol.

WCNC reports Beddingfield was only allowed to go to and from work and was under the supervision of his grandfather.

Federal court documents say that Matthew Jason Beddingfield jumped over a barricade on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and charged toward a group of Capitol police officers. He attacked one of the officers, “jabbing at them with a metal flag pole he brought with him,” the court records said.

The federal government obtained several videos and pictures of Beddingfield, all from different angles, that show him holding an American flag and using it to harm Capitol police. Beddingfield was also among a group fo rioters who entered the Capitol through a door on the upper west terrace.

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He planned to storm the Senate Wing, where a joint session of Congress was trying to certify the 2020 presidential election results, the documents said. Again, Beddingfield used his metal flagpole to hit law enforcement officers near the Senate Wing of the Capitol.

Beddingfield also entered the office “of at least one congressperson before finally leaving the Capitol,” according to federal court documents.

Matthew Beddingfield's mugshot overlayed a photo of hi at the Jan. 6 insurrections

Federal officials were able to confirm Beddingfield’s identity using photos and videos posted publicly on his father’s Facebook page and with the assistance of internet sleuths and journalists.

Federal officials were also able to further confirm Beddingfield’s identity using footage from WRAL-TV. In 2019, Beddingfield turned himself over to the police after accused of shooting a 17-year-old in the head in the parking lot of a Walmart.

Beddingfield was out on bail from an attempted murder charge in that shooting when he was charged in connection to the Jan. 6 riot.

WCNC reports Beddingfield will be in court on Thursday to discuss the alleged violation.

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