Colorado man going to Washington to face riot charges – The Durango Herald

Posted By on February 1, 2021

DENVER A federal magistrate judge Friday ordered a Colorado man, accused of using bear spray or mace on police officers in the deadly U.S. Capitol riot, be sent to Washington to face charges there.

During a virtual hearing in Denver federal court, Robert Gieswein, 24, of Woodland Park waived his right to have a hearing to determine that he is the person indicted on six counts, three for allegedly assaulting police, in the nations Capitol, ending proceedings in Colorado.

While others arrested in Colorado over allegedly participating in the Jan. 6 riot have been released from custody, Magistrate Judge Scott T. Varholak ruled last week that Gieswein should be held because he posed a risk to the public because he went to the Capitol prepared for battle, equipped with a baseball bat, a reinforced vest and an Army helmet.

Prosecutors and investigators allege he is affiliated with the Three Percenters, which they describe as a radical militia group. However, according to the Anti-Defamation League, some Three Percenters are not involved in militia groups and form non-paramilitary groups or act independently.

Giesweins public defender, Matthew Belcher, has said there is no evidence he was actively participating in paramilitary anti-government activity.

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