A suspect who turned himself in for charges related to the attack on the U.S. Capitol last month is a retired New York Police Department officer.
According to NBC News, Thomas Webster surrendered to the FBI at the agency’s Hudson Valley office on Monday in connection to the January 6 insurrection. Officials told NBC News that Webster is accused of attacking Capitol police with a pipe. Webster has been labeled an “eye gouger” on social media due to a photo that purportedly shows him putting his finger in a police officer’s eye — but federal investigators have not confirmed the specifics of that alleged incident.
ARRESTED: Thomas Webster AKA #EyeGouger is a retired NYPD Cop accused of attacking Capitol Police with a pipe and gouging out their eyes. Webster's attorney, James Monroe, declined to comment Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/cwnADdlaqn
— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) February 23, 2021
NBC News reports that Webster is a retired NYPD officer who was once assigned to secure the perimeter of Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s residence in Manhatttan, as well as City Hall.
Webster’s attorney declined NBC News’ request for comment. Webster is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.
This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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[Feature image: Thomas Webster/FBI]