Robert Sanford Biography — Wiki
Robert Sanford is a retired Pennsylvania firefighter who is accused of throwing a fire extinguisher at several law enforcement officers and a man photographed holding a Confederate flag inside the Capitol, have been arrested for their roles in the MAGA riot last week.
Sanford faces three felony charges, including assaulting a police officer, after he was allegedly caught on camera hurling the extinguisher as the mob stormed past Capitol Police officers and broke into the building on Jan. 6.
He was taken into custody by the FBI in Pennsylvania Thursday morning just before 6 a.m., a source with knowledge of the matter told The Daily Beast.
Robert Sanford Age
Robert Sanford, from Chester, Pennsylvania, is 55 years old.
Robert Sanford Hurling Fire Extinguisher at Cops During Capitol Riots
One video of the protest shows rioters storming past a barricade as Capitol Police officers desperately trying to contain them on the west side of the building. Then, a rioter can be seen tossing the fire extinguisher toward a group of officers—and striking at least one on the helmet.
According to a criminal complaint, the “video was shot from an elevated position and showed an area of the Capitol with a large group of police officers surrounded on at least three sides by a group of insurrectionists.” The complaint added that the extinguisher hit three officers in the head.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the arrest and that the incident was captured on video.
Another photo from the riots shows a man wearing a CFD hat, referring to the Chester Fire Department. Sanford admitted to a friend that the man in the photograph was him, according to a criminal complaint.
BREAKING—They’ve arrested the man who threw the fire extinguisher at the police on Capitol siege day. Who is he? Retired firefighter Robert Sanford of Chester, PA—he faces three federal felony charges including assaulting a police officer. Oy. pic.twitter.com/2QQv6Hod9g
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 14, 2021
That friend ultimately tipped off the feds to Robert Sanford’s involvement in the riots, the complaint states.
Sanford’s friend also told investigators he had traveled to the nation’s capital on a bus with a group of people. The group, the charging document states, had “gone to the White House and listened to President Donald J. Trump’s speech and then had followed the President’s instructions and gone to the Capitol.”
What we know so far about Robert Sanford
The friend added that Robert Sanford had claimed he was only on the Capitol grounds for about 10 minutes—and never mentioned throwing any objects.
This incident did not involve Officer Brian Sicknick, who was separately hit in the head by rioters with a fire extinguisher during the mayhem. Sicknick, who later succumbed to his wounds, was one of five people who died last Wednesday.
Dozens of rioters have been rounded up in the days since they stormed the Capitol last week.
U.S. Attorney for D.C., Michael Sherwin, said during a Tuesday press conference that charges have been filed in 70 cases related to the riots, and investigators have opened up more than 170 subject files. He added that, by the end of the investigation, he expects to file charges in hundreds of criminal cases.
“The scope and scale of this investigation are really unprecedented,” he said.