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Retired Cop Accused Of Being Notorious 'Eye Gouger', Hitting Police With A Pipe At Capitol Hill Riot

Thomas Webster was wanted by the FBI and turned himself in on Monday.
Retired Cop Accused Of Being Notorious 'Eye Gouger', Hitting Police With A Pipe At Capitol Hill Riot
Image from: FBI/Twitter

Webster was known on social media as the 'Eye Gouger' for nearly blinding a Capitol Hill police officer as videos of the attack surfaced.

Source: NBC, New York

The man who surrendered at the FBI’s Hudson Valley office Monday to face charges in connection with the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol siege is a retired NYPD officer who had been assigned for a time to work perimeter security at City Hall and at Gracie Mansion, the mayor's official residence, law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the investigation told News 4 Tuesday.

Thomas Webster, who is expected to appear in federal court in White Plains later in the day, is accused of using a pipe to attack Capitol Police that day, the officials said. Webster's attorney, James Monroe, declined to comment Tuesday.

The FBI had released an image, later identified by law enforcement officials as Webster, as part of their ongoing investigation into the violence last month.

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