Ryan Samsel Bio – Wiki
Ryan Samsel allegedly choked and beat his pregnant girlfriend, then threw her into a canal. Another woman accused him of rape, saying she was afraid “he would kill” her.
A Pennsylvania man accused of assaulting several Capitol Police officers during the Jan. 6 insurrection—and leaving one with a concussion—has an “extensive history of violent and assaultive behaviour” against women, prosecutors said Wednesday.
He is 38 years old.
Was charged in February with several crimes, including assaulting a federal officer, obstructing law enforcement, and obstructing a legal proceeding, after he was captured in videos and photos knocking over several officers as he attempted to storm the Capitol.
Among the officers he assaulted was a female cop who fell and hit her head on “the stairs behind her, resulting in a loss of consciousness,” according to a criminal complaint.
A Tuesday filing opposing his latest request to be released from jail pending trial alleges that the Capitol riot was hardly Samsel’s first instance of violence.
Prosecutors say that since 2006 there’s been “a pattern of Samsel choking and beating women to the point of loss of consciousness, of many hospital visits for many victims, of chipped and missing teeth, and of Samsel even breaking into one victim’s home multiple times to assault her.”
In 2006, he was convicted of multiple charges for running a woman’s car off the road then threatening to kill her because she owed him $60. In 2009, he held a woman against her will for five hours, choking her until she was unconscious; a conviction followed.
Two years later, he was convicted of choking and beating his pregnant girlfriend. A simple assault conviction followed in 2015, again on a woman, the Department of Justice recounted.
In 2019, a woman alleged that he broke into her house, raped and assaulted her; he faces an outstanding warrant in New Jersey for those allegations, according to the court filing.
For the Jan. 6 insurrection, he is charged with assaulting a police officer and other crimes. He allegedly pushed over barricades onto U.S. Capitol police officers, knocking one of them – a woman – to the ground.
She hit her head on the stairs behind her and was later taken to the hospital and found to have a concussion, the documents state. He is also alleged to have pulled a riot shield from another officer, according to the FBI.