2 DFW men accused of assaulting officers in Capitol Riot – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Two north Texas men were arrested by the FBI on Tuesday and charged with dressing in tactical gear and assaulting officers during the January 6 riot on the United States Capitol.
Donald Hazard, 43, of Hurst, and Lucas Denney, 44, of Mansfield, face several charges in connection with the attack on Congress. A judge has ordered that they both remain in jail.
Denney used social media to recruit members to join his militia group, the North Texas Patriot Boys, and travel with him to Washington, court documents show.
Denney and Hazard were both dressed in tactical gear and joined with other rioters in yelling at and assaulting police officers, prosecutors said.
Hazard briefly walked into the parliamentarian’s office, then got into a fight with an officer as the two of them fell down stairs under scaffolding, the FBI said.
The policeman lost consciousness and injured his head, foot and arm.
Another officer heard Hazard shout to the crowd, “Take the gun! According to the complaint.
“We are storming our country’s capital,” Hazard said in a video on Facebook, prosecutors said. “It’s America. Look at all these patriots.”
“It’s a sad day the Patriots have to fight law enforcement, but they turned on us to get what they got,” Hazard wrote on Facebook, according to the complaint.
Outside, Denney picked up a metal pole and swung it at an officer, then grabbed a large tube and threw it at a row of law enforcement officers on the west side of the Capitol, agents said.
Denney also participated in “loud” efforts to get inside the building and punched an officer, according to a criminal complaint.
Video showed Denney walked up to a police officer and asked, “Who are you all protecting? said the FBI. He then reached out and grabbed a metal barricade and attempted to pull it out.
Denney and Hazard are the 34e and 35e people arrested in the January 6 assault by the Dallas FBI office.
According to the complaint, agents obtained messages between the two men as early as December 21.
“Hey, if your trip is paid for, can you go to Washington?” Denney asked Hazard. “I’ll make you sergeant-at-arms.”
“I’m sure I could. Sounds good man (sic),” Hazard replied. “What does a sergeant-at-arms do?” “
“An SA is looking at the president’s back,” Denney said. “Kind of like security.”
Denney also voluntarily met with FBI agents on February 26 and admitted he was president of the Patriot Boys of North Texas, which he identified as a conservative and pro-Trump group. But he falsely claimed he did not know anyone who attended the January 6 rally, prosecutors said.