- A man charged in the Capitol riot tried to chew through his face mask after being arrested, prosecutors said.
- Prosecutors made the claim in a court filing seeking to jail Daniel Goodwyn ahead of his trial.
- They called Goodwyn’s behavior “petulant and insolent,” and said it “has not changed.”
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An accused Capitol riot suspect tried to chew through his face mask after FBI agents made him put it on during his arrest in January, according to newly filed court documents.
Daniel Goodwyn has been charged with federal crimes in connection with the violent insurrection at the US Capitol on Jan. 6.
During Goodwyn’s arrest at his parents’ Texas home on Jan. 29, the FBI learned that at least one individual in the residence believed they had COVID-19, according to court documents filed this week in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
The FBI had asked Goodwyn if he was positive and he refused to answer or take a coronavirus test or wear any personal protective equipment, the documents say.
“When FBI placed a mask on the defendant’s face after his arrest, the defendant attempted to chew through the mask and spit the mask out,” said the court documents, which added, “During the defendant’s arrest, FBI used approximately five masks on the defendant.”
The documents were filed as part of a motion in which prosecutors are seeking to have the court put Goodwyn in jail pending trial.
Prosecutors made the claims in a motion seeking to put Goodwyn back in jail ahead of his trial. Prosecutors alleged that Goodwyn violated the terms of his pre-trial release – namely, by refusing to cooperate with a pretrial services officer he was required to meet in-person with.
“The defendant’s multiple violations appear to be centered primarily around one issue: the defendant’s petulant and insolent behavior. In the months since the defendant’s arrest, the defendant’s behavior has not changed,” prosecutors wrote in the motion.
The document, citing a violation report from the Pretrial Services Agency (PSA), added that Goodwyn had refused to wear a mask inside the PSA offices, and then refused to adjust his schedule at the requests of the pretrial services officer.
“Whenever PSA has provided instructions to the defendant, the defendant challenges the instructions, using word games and becoming easily frustrated, angry, and negative,” prosecutors said.
Goodwyn was first identified as a Capitol riot suspect after one of his associates tipped off the FBI, according to court documents. Goodwyn – whom the FBI described as a “self-proclaimed member of the Proud Boys” – made multiple Instagram posts and messages admitting he entered the Capitol on January 6, the FBI alleged.
One Instagram caption from Goodwyn’s account said, “I didn’t break or take anything but I went inside for a couple minutes.”
Insider has reached out to Goodwyn’s defense attorney for comment.