PITTSBURGH (AP/KDKA) — A federal judge has ruled there is probable cause in the case against a man accused of spraying at least two officers with an irritant during the violent siege on the Capitol in January.
During a probable cause hearing Thursday, federal prosecutors presented videos and photos of the Jan. 6 Capitol siege they say show Peter Schwartz, of Owensboro, Kentucky, wearing a distinctive orange and blue patterned jacket holding a large canister of pepper spray, spraying officers with a smaller irritant spray container and swinging a wooden baton.READ MORE: WalletHub: Pennsylvania Among Least Safe States During Pandemic
Prosecutors presented text messages from Schwartz’s phone where he tells a friend that he took pepper spray from officers and another where he says he had gotten their blood.READ MORE: Heinz Field COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Adding More Appointments
Schwartz is facing charges of forcibly assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees; knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.Pennsylvania Department Of Health Says Flu Activity Across State Remains Low
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