Providence man charged in connection to Capitol riots faces prior charges from Providence police

Providence Man Charged For Alleged Actions In Jan. 6, Capitol Riot

The United States Department of Justice shared these photos of who they believe is Timothy Desjardins.

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.

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