Saturday, June 05, 2021
A decade before prosecutors say Ryan Samsel, of Bristol, was one of the first in a mob of rioters to attack police Jan. 6 outside the U.S. Capitol, he was convicted of smashing a hot pizza in the face of his pregnant girlfriend, pouring beer over her head, and then shoving her into a canal and holding her head under water until she told him she loved him. Two years before that, he was convicted of holding another woman against her will for five hours and choking her to the point of unconsciousness. And three years before that, he pleaded guilty to running yet another woman off the road, punching her windshield and threatening to kill her in a dispute over $60.
Samsel's alleged behavior at the Capitol is only the latest in a long string of offenses.
In Washington, FBI agents have accused him of knocking down a female Capitol Police officer while toppling metal barricades Jan. 6.
Moments before the assault " which left her with a concussion from hitting her head on some nearby steps as she fell " social media video shows Samsel storming up to the woman, raising his fists and turning his red "Make America Great Again" baseball cap backward as if, prosecutors say, he was preparing for a fight.
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