The Capitol rioter who tried to flee to Switzerland allegedly beat police officers during the Jan. 6 melee as they tried to save a trampled woman, federal authorities said in court papers Tuesday.
Colorado geophysicist Jeffrey Sabol and others in the mob allegedly attacked two Metropolitan Police officers as the cops tried to clear a space in the crowd to bring the injured woman to safety, prosecutors said in court documents filed Tuesday.
“Seconds before the assault began, a member of the crowd pleaded with officers for help, as his friend was dying after being trampled by the mob in and around the tunnel entrance,” Assistant US Attorney Colleen Kukowski wrote in a motion arguing for Sabol to remain behind bars pending trial.
“Officer B.M. recalled overhearing that someone was being trampled, and stated that officers cleared a space for that individual,” she added.
As the cops tried to rescue the woman, Sabol ripped a police baton out of one of the cop’s hands, then help the crowd drag the other officer down a set of stairs and into the frenzied crowd, the documents allege.
One of the officers suffered a gash on his head and needed two staples to close the wound, prosecutors said. The woman trampled by the crowd later died of her injuries.
The court documents filed Tuesday also revealed more details on Sabol’s plan to escape the country after the riot, which he abandoned out of paranoia that he’d be stopped by federal authorities at an airport.
Sabol, who previously worked clearing military sites of unexploded bombs, flew to Boston from Colorado after the riot — and was planning to hightail it to Switzerland, a non-extradition country, prosecutors said.
Sabol thought, “he could ski for a few days to make it ‘look natural,’” according to court papers.
But he abandoned the plan because he thought he was being tracked by the feds, so he instead rented a car to head to the New York.
Cops found Sabol covered in blood in the Westchester town of New City after he attempted suicide on his drive from Boston, according to court documents.
He was ordered held without bail at an initial court hearing in White Plains federal court in January, but has requested to be let out on bail.
Family members have pleaded to the judge on his behalf, claiming he has strong family and community ties in Colorado and in New York state, where he was raised.
A judge has yet to rule on prosecutors’ request.