A New Jersey gymnasium proprietor who made native headlines for defying COVID-19 restrictions has been arrested for punching a Washington, D.C., police officer within the head in the course of the Capitol riots, authorities mentioned Friday.
Scott Kevin Fairlamb, a former final fighter and present proprietor of Fairlamb Fit, was charged Friday with a number of crimes for his function within the Jan. 6 riots, together with assaulting a federal officer and carrying a harmful weapon.
According to a criminal complaint, Fairlamb was captured on video shoving and punching an officer on the west facet of the Capitol, at one level hitting him within the head. In a since-deleted video posted on Fairlamb’s Facebook, the gymnasium proprietor, who was carrying a collapsible baton, shouts: “What Patriots do? We fuckin’ disarm them after which we storm fuckin’ the Capitol.”
Prosecutors say they had been first alerted to Fairlamb’s id after a number of tipsters despatched in movies, together with considered one of him “standing on the scaffolding erected on Capitol founds.” Another tipster, recognized as a childhood buddy, advised federal authorities Fairlamb was the proprietor of Fairlamb Fit and had made a video of himself saying, “they had been going to disarm them after which type the capitol.”
According to his gym’s website, Fairlamb began his skilled MMA profession in 2000 and “was proclaimed to turn out to be a prime final fighter till his journey for greatness took a ominous [sic] detour.”
“In the midst of coaching and simply two weeks after his MMA debut, Scott was recognized with a type of leukemia,” the web site states. “Though to some this will likely sound like an unlucky flip of occasions—Scott’s response was nothing however anticipated as he knew the one possibility he had was to…FIGHT.”
The web site provides that simply weeks after his prognosis, Fairlamb returned to coaching earlier than opening Fairlamb Fit in 2014. During his profession, Fairlamb was an undefeated golden and diamond gloves champion, his web site states.
Last spring, when New Jersey was compelled to shut down all gyms to curtail the unfold of the lethal coronavirus, Fairlamb garnered native consideration by saying plans to reopen his gymnasium whether or not Gov. Phil Murphy allowed it or not.
“He has overstepped his boundaries and it is time for these gyms, which might be, which might be important to open up,” Fairlamb advised CBS New York.
The gymnasium proprietor is amongst greater than 100 rioters who’ve been charged within the riots, together with a number of members of far-right extremist teams and a Michigan man who attacked a police officer with a hockey stick.
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