A Michigan man who allegedly attacked police with a hockey stick during riots in the US Capitol was arrested on Thursday after FBI agents received involuntary help from his father, the suspects posted on Facebook, officials said.
Michael Joseph Foy, 29, was picked up in the Detroit suburb of Wixom around 6:30 a.m., according to the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
He briefly appeared in court about seven hours later and was ordered to remain in prison until his next hearing on Monday afternoon, authorities said.
Foy is believed to have been among the rebels instigated by former President Donald Trump̵
He faces charges of entering a confined building, obstructing a law enforcement officer, obstructing federal officials, aiding and abetting and obstructing official congressional proceedings, officials said.
The FBI said it had a video showing Foy directing members of the capital’s police department with a hockey stick.
“Foy is beginning to strike a group of police officers from the capital, helping to defend the Capitol in the United States, who were overthrown and dragged into the crowd by rebels,” authorities said in a sworn statement.
“This attack lasted approximately 16 seconds until Foy was overthrown by another riot. During this time, Foy circled back in the crowd, taking off his hood, revealing a clear image of his face.”
The agents were brought to Foy thanks to photos of the suspect posted on Facebook by his father, Joseph Foy, the FBI reported.
The father posted a photo of Foy carrying the Trump 2020 flag – attached to his hockey stick – in front of the Washington Monument on Jan. 6, according to the affidavit. In another image, the suspect is wrapped in an American flag.
Foy was originally on FBI radar when an adviser told agents he was involved in the attack that killed a Capitol police officer, according to court documents. But the affidavit made it clear that “there is no evidence that the suspect killed a police officer.”
“However, we include this fact to explain the investigative steps that were taken subsequently,” the affidavit said.
Foy family members could not be found immediately to comment on publicly listed phone numbers in Wixom and Westland, Michigan. A federal public defender represented Foy when he first appeared, and this lawyer could not be found immediately to comment late Thursday afternoon.
Ali Gostanyan and Mateo Moshela contributed.