SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Pittsfield man appeared before a federal magistrate on Tuesday, accused of attacking a police officer in Washington D.C. during January's riot at the Capitol.
Troy E. Sargent appeared in court virtually, from behind bars. He was arrested earlier Tuesday by the FBI, and charged with several different counts, including assaulting federal officers and obstruction of law enforcement.
Federal prosecutors said that Sargent punched a Capitol Police officer during the violence at the Capitol.
The FBI received a number of tips that led to Sargent's arrest. Federal prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's office wanted Sargent to be confined to his home until his next court date, but the magistrate disagreed, saying Sargent hadn't caused any problems in the last few months.
Instead the magistrate released Sargent, but will require him to check in with a parole officer before leaving the state.
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