A U.S. district court has ordered a New Jersey gym owner charged with storming the Capitol on Jan. 6 and assaulting police to remain jailed because he’s likely to strike again.
“The defendant’s history of punching people in the face suggests he may punch people in the face again,” Judge Royce Lamberth ruled Friday in denying the 44-year-old suspect bail, according to The Daily Boulder.
Scott Fairlamb was indicted on a dozen charges for his alleged role in participating in an uprising meant to disrupt the certification of the 2020 presidential election, which former president Donald Trump claims he won despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Prosecutors successfully argued that Fairlamb showed no remorse and has a history of violence. They also say it was Fairlamb who is seen on video carrying a collapsible baton he picked-up during the bloody melee on Capitol Hill and punching a police officer.
“What (do) patriots do?” Fairlamb allegedly asked. “We f–king disarm them and then we storm the f—ing Capitol.”
NJ.Com reports that more than a dozen insurrectionists who participated in the Jan. 6 attack are from the Garden State.
Fairlamb’s attorney argues that charges against his client — a former mixed martial arts fighter — are being overstated.