April 8 (UPI) — Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged a Florida school student with striking a police officer in the head with a skateboard during the Jan. 6 Capitol siege.
The Justice Department stated in a release who Grady Douglas Owens, 21, of Winter Park, Fla., was arrested Thursday after a federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment the afternoon charging the Full Sail University pupil with attacking Metropolitan Police Department officer Christopher Boyle and with breaching the Capitol building.
According to the statement of facts on the circumstance, Boyle was one of a group of police officers confronting a crowd at the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol motives when he was hit in the head with a walker, causing him to sustain a concussion and an accident to his pinky finger.
The assault was captured on camera, and FBI investigators found a clear image of Owens that was printed on the Twitter accounts of Sedition Hunters, an account run by a private citizen who’s helping law enforcement with identifying the thousands of supporters of former President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol building in early January in a failed effort to prevent the certification of election results confirming President Joe Biden‘s election win.
With the picture from the Twitter page, researchers ran a picture search and identified Owens since the defendant via his Instagram account. Pictures contained in the statement of facts show that Owens was wearing the identical beanie in his profile film that he was wearing in footage of him participating in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Investigators then located his Winter Park residence after his vehicle was discovered via a license plate reader parked in a parking lot in Full Sail University, where he takes music production courses, court records state.
Owens made his initial appearance in court on Thursday, prosecutors said.
The Justice Department has charged tens of thousands in link into the storming of the Capitol building that resulted in at least five deaths, including that of a Capitol Police officer.