Who is Matthew Jason Beddingfield & why was he arrested?

Matthew Jason Beddingfield
Matthew Jason Beddingfield

Matthew Jason Beddingfield has been arrested by federal authorities for his involvement in the Capitol insurrection that occurred while he was out on bail for a charge of first-degree attempted murder.

During a police arrest on Tuesday, Beddingfield was caught on video fighting with officers and entering the United States Capitol building. 

Additionally, he was seen jabbing at police with a flagpole and later was spotted inside the building. 

According to NBC News, in addition to a variety of misdemeanors, he has been charged with felonies for assailing officers, impeding officers during a civil disorder, and carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon on restricted Capitol grounds, among other things.

Who is Matthew Jason Beddingfield?

Matthew Jason Beddingfield is a white man living in Middlesex, North Carolina.

He is 5’10” tall. His registered weight is 160lbs.

At around 5:00 p.m. on December 13, 2019, he allegedly shot Hoctavio Garcia, then 17, in the head at the Walmart on Brightleaf Boulevard in Smithfield, North Carolina, and fled the scene in a Dodge Charger. He was robbed that evening, according to his father.

On December 14, 2019, he turned himself in and was held in the Johnston County Jail in Smithfield on $1 million bonds, which was lowered to $100,000.

On December 16, 2019, his parents were in the courtroom when he appeared before a judge.

He was charged with first-degree attempted murder.

On January 2, 2020, he was released on $100,000 bail.

In November 2020, he and his father attended the Million MAGA March rally in Washington, D.C. USA in support of Donald Trump‘s efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election won by Joe Biden.

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In August 2021, he received probation after pleading guilty to assault with a deadly weapon.

Wearing a two-tone gray and black jacket, gray pants, black and white Nike shoes and holding an American flag on a metal pole, he went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021.

That day, Trump’s supporters breached the building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. During the riot, he jumped over a barricade and charged towards a group of U.S. Capitol Police officers.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent filed a criminal complaint against him, which was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather on February 2, 2022.

On February 8, 2022, he was arrested in Smithfield. For his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he was charged with assaulting, 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; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; impeding passage through the Capitol grounds or buildings; act of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings; and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

He was 21 years old when he was arrested on February 8, 2022. On February 9, 2022, he made his initial appearance in North Carolina.

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