NYC man accused of pushing officer off ledge during Capitol riot

A Queens man has been arrested for allegedly fighting officers and even pushing one over a ledge during the act 6 Jan Riot in the Capitolofficials announced on Wednesday.

According to court records, Ralph Joseph Celentano III was allegedly caught on video on the West Terrace of the US Capitol pushing an officer “from behind in a ‘football-like tackle,'” causing him to fall off a ledge onto the terrace below with a criminal complaint.

The officer — a veteran of the Iraq War — says he feared for his safety amid the mob of protesters and thought to himself, “I didn’t survive a war to go out like this,” court documents say.

Celentano reportedly got into “multiple physical altercations” with other law enforcement officers, court filings say.

The 54-year-old Broad Channel man was charged by federal prosecutors in Washington, DC with assault, resisting or obstructing officials, civil disturbance, involvement in physical violence in a restricted building or lot, and felonies related thereto.

Ralph Joseph Celentano III
Celentano reportedly pushed a police officer off a ledge during the attack on the Capitol.
court records
Supporters of President Donald Trump clash with police at the US Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021
On January 6, 2021, supporters of President Donald Trump and police clashed in the Capitol.
James Keivom for the New York Post

Celentano – who was arrested in Queens on Wednesday – is scheduled to appear in federal court in Brooklyn later in the day.

It was not immediately clear who Celentano’s attorney was.

More than 775 people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the deadly riot that saw hundreds of supporters of then-President Donald Trump storm the building to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Five people died, including a rioter who was fatally shot by an officer protecting members of Congress. NYC man accused of pushing officer off ledge during Capitol riot


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