A judge who concluded that a Maine man could lose control and become violent ordered him held without bail while awaiting trial for his role in the breaching of the U.S. Capitol.
“You are like a bomb waiting to go off. … The bomb did go off on Jan. 6,” U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey told Kyle Fitzsimons during a video hearing on Wednesday.
Fitzsimons, 37, of Lebanon, faces charges including causing injury to two police officers. He was arrested at his home on Feb. 4 and is currently being detained in the Washington, D.C., area.
Prosecutors said Fitzsimons tried to pull one officer into the crowd and removed another officer’s mask before another man covered the officer in a chemical spray. Prosecutors also noted that Fitzsimons previously made threatening calls to U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat.
The defense argued for bail, saying Fitzsimons was unarmed and he faced less serious charges than many of the others.
Fitzsimons, who worked as a supermarket butcher, is the only Mainer out of nearly 400 people to be charged in connection with the riot that happened as the electoral votes were being counted in the Senate.
He suffered a gash on his head that required stitches during the altercation and never got inside the building.
Kyle Fitzsimons expected to be moved to D.C. to face prosecution there, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals. He is only #Maine person out of than 300 to be charged in connection with insurrection.https://t.co/xDIKxdkZfi pic.twitter.com/0pFV3rYAnI
— Morning Sentinel (@OnlineSentinel) March 2, 2021
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