Providence man charged in connection to Capitol riots faces prior charges from Providence police
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The United States Department of Justice charged a Rhode Island man for his alleged actions during the January 6. Capitol riot.
The department filed a complaint, obtained by ABC6 News, charging Timothy Desjardins of Providence with the following:
- Assault, resisting or impeding certain officers using a dangerous weapon or inflicting bodily injury
- Civil disorder
- Entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon.
- Engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon
- Disorderly conduct in a Capitol building
- Parading, picketing or demonstrating in a Capitol building
It is alleged that Desjardins entered the Capitol and struck officers repeatedly with what authorities believed to be a broken table leg.
They said video evidence shows Desjardins using what appears to be a significant amount of force.
Authorities said they later located a backpack that they believed belonged to Desjardins which contained the following items:
- An identification card bearing Desjardins’ information
- Two black walkie-talkies
- Three axes
- One flashlight
- Assorted clothing
- Prescription bottles
- One credit card
Desjardins is also currently under investigation by the Providence Police Department.
A criminal complaint against Desjardins details a 2021 incident where he was accused of being in an armed standoff with police officers on Atwells Avenue.
Another incident from that year is also detailed in a criminal complaint, alleging he fired a gun at a man in a Walgreen’s parking lot that grazed the victim’s head.
His cases in Providence, as well as in Washington D.C. remain open and active.