A Jefferson County man who an FBI agent says is shown on video participating in multiple attacks on police officers during the Jan. 6 insurrection is facing a criminal charge. According to a …
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A Jefferson County man who an FBI agent says is shown on video participating in multiple attacks on police officers during the Jan. 6 insurrection is facing a criminal charge.
According to a complaint filed in Federal court, Jeffrey Sabol was first contacted by police on Jan. 11 in New City, New York after local police received reports about a vehicle driving erratically. Sabol was found inside covered in blood and with lacerations to both his thighs and arms.
The complaint states that Sabol told the officers that he was wanted by the FBI and had been “fighting tyranny at the U.S. Capitol.” He also told them that his wounds were self-inflicted and said “I am tired, I am done fighting.”
The next day, officers spoke with Sabol at the Westchester Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries. According to the complaint, Sabol told officers during that conversation that he had been at the Capitol wearing a brown Carrhart jacket, a black or gray helmet, a big green backpack and black gloves.
Police again spoke with Sabol the next day and asked him to review multiple videos taken during the riot. In one video, a man wearing those same clothes is seen holding “an instrument believed to be a police officer's baton” across an officer's lower neck as a group of people grabbed the officer and dragged him down stairs.
In another video, the same man is seen pulling an officer down the stairs while he appears to punch his back. The same individual is also seen attempting to grab the leg of a different police officer.
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According to the arrest complaint Sabol confirmed the video showed him wearing the same clothes he had previously described to the officers. The complaint goes on to state that Sabol told the officers he jumped over a barricade and dragged a police officer down the stairs.
Sabol also acknowledged that the video appeared to show him “throwing punches at the police officer.” However, Sabol told police he “covered the police officer for his safety” while others hit him with poles.
Also according to the arrest complaint, Sabol told officers that about 15 minutes later, a “call to battle was announced” to which Sabol said he answered because he is “a patriot warrior.” Sabol told police that he later took a police baton out of an officer's hand and used it to protect an officer who was on the ground.
Sabol was shown a still-photo showing a police officer with Sabol holding a baton over him. According to the complaint, Sabol “acknowledged that the photo looked bad." However, Sabol said he could not recall if he hit the officer because “he was in a fit of rage and the details are cloudy.”
Sabol was charged with obstructing the officer during a “civil disorder.” According to the Denver Post, Sabol was ordered held without a bail during a hearing on Jan. 22 after the judge determined he was a flight risk and possible danger to the community because he had tried to take his own life after the riot. Prosecutors also said there was evidence Sabol had tried to flee to Switzerland, where he could not be extradited back to the US.
A search of the car Sabol was first contacted in came up with Sabol's passport, an airline e-ticket and a rental car agreement as well as the jacket and backpack shown in the video.
A LinkedIn page shows Sabol as having worked as a senior geophysical manager at Kemron Environmental Services. Calls to the company about Sabol's employment status were not returned.
A voter registration website shows that Sabol, who is 51, is registered to vote in Kittredge.
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