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US Capitol rioter who tried to flee to Switzerland is jailed pre-trial

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Decide Emmet Sullivan stated Jeffrey Sabol was too harmful to launch because of the flight threat and since he would possibly proceed his combat towards “perceived tyranny” as soon as he’s out of jail.

“He stripped a susceptible police officer of his police baton,” Sullivan wrote in a 64-page ruling. “He then used that stolen police baton to pressure one other officer away from his publish and right into a mob of rioters who proceeded to viciously assault him, leaving him bleeding from the top.”

Sabol was indicted alongside 4 others who allegedly assaulted the officers, together with one who was overwhelmed whereas being dragged face-down into the group. He hasn’t but entered a plea.

Sabol took drastic steps after the January 6 riot as a result of he “reached a psychological breaking level,” based on court docket filings. He traveled from his native Colorado to Boston and booked a flight to Switzerland, the place he believed he can be protected against extradition, based on court docket filings. However he deserted that plan after seeing legislation enforcement officers on the airport.

As an alternative, he rented a automobile and drove south. He later instructed investigators that whereas he was driving he threw his cellular phone over a bridge close to Boston as a result of he thought he was being tracked.

Motorists noticed his automobile driving erratically and police pulled him over in Clarkstown, New York, the place they discovered him “coated in blood” from extreme cuts on his arm and thighs, based on court docket filings. He stated, based on court docket paperwork, “I’m needed by the FBI” as a result of “I used to be combating tyranny within the DC Capitol,” and notified the officers that “my wounds are self-inflicted and “I’m finished combating.”

He was taken into custody in mid-January and has been in jail ever since. In arguing for Sabol’s launch, his legal professionals instructed the decide that dwelling along with his relations in New York might enhance his psychological well being and that he has “recovered from the episode.”

“The Courtroom sincerely hopes that’s true,” Sullivan wrote, referring to Sabol’s psychological restoration. “However the Courtroom can not ignore that Mr. Sabol presents a flight threat nonetheless. Contemplating the steps he took to flee to Switzerland to keep away from arrest, Mr. Sabol is the epitome of a flight threat.”

Sabol’s legal professionals have stated his conduct on January 6 “seems to have arisen within the context of a hysterical throng,” and so they submitted letters to the court docket from pals and associates testifying to his “peaceable and nonviolent” historical past. His attorneys additionally claimed that video of Sabol’s alleged assault was unclear as as to if he was “serving to, reasonably than harming” one of many officers.

His legal professionals additionally stated Sabol was “lied to” in regards to the 2020 election by former President Donald Trump in addition to Trump’s private legal professional Rudy Giuliani and longtime political adviser Roger Stone.

CNN’s Hannah Rabinowitz contributed to this report.

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