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Brooklyn sanitation worker arrested after feds ID’d him as part of Capitol mob

January 22, 2021 Associated Press and Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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A Brooklyn sanitation department worker photographed as being part of the mob at the U.S. Capitol after a crowd overwhelmed officers there this month has been arrested, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, headquartered in Brooklyn.

Dominick Dennis Madden, who lived in Sheepshead Bay, was arrested Thursday night on charges he unlawfully entered the Capitol building and engaged in disorderly conduct.

Authorities said the 43-year-old man was spotted inside the building for about 12 minutes by surveillance cameras in footage provided by Capitol police.

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They said he wore a blue hooded QAnon conspiracy theory sweatshirt and carried the Trump flag.

According to court papers, Madden was on sick leave when he went to the Capitol Jan. 6. He has been suspended by the Department of Sanitation.

A message for comment was sent to his attorney.

Michael Attard, of the FBI, submitted a sworn statement about what he saw on Jan. 6, the day of the attack on the Capitol. 

Attard said that on Jan. 14, the New York Post featured an article titled “Feds investigating NYC sanitation worker caught on video at Capitol Hill riot.” The article identified the sanitation worker as Dominick Madden, 43, and reports that videos were circulating online that identified Madden, who was photographed and videotaped shouting the QAnon slogan, wearing a QAnon hoodie, and waving a trump flag in front of the Capitol building. 

Attard’s affidavit said that video surveillance footage had been identified that showed Madden entering the U.S. Capitol Building through the Senate Wing door at 14:59 hours on January 6, 2021. In the surveillance video, he is wearing the same blue hooded sweatshirt and carrying the same flag as seen in the New York Post article photograph. 

Dominick Madden was seen on video footage walking to the Crypt area of the U.S. Capitol Building and returning back to the Senate Wing, where he stood and spoke to other rioters, according to the affidavit. He left through the same Senate Wing door at 3:15 p.m.

A subsequent internet search of this telephone number identified a Telegram account with the display name “Dominick Madden” The profile picture of this Telegram account depicted an individual wearing a QANON shirt, whose appearance is consistent with other photographs of Madden obtained by the FBI, according to the complaint. 

In a later interview, Madden told investigators for the New York City Department of Sanitation that he was out on sick leave during the incident in question on January 6, 2021, and admitted to being out of the house without authorization during this time frame. For legal reasons, Dominick Madden was not questioned by the New York City Department of Sanitation investigators regarding his participation in the riot or entrance into the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. 

Madden is currently suspended by the New York City Department of Sanitation. The FBI obtained records from New Jersey license plate readers regarding the license plate associated with Madden in New York DMV records. 

License plate readers captured Madden’s vehicle traveling on I-295 southbound at the Delaware Memorial Bridge on January 5, 2021. Additionally, on January 7, 2021, a partial plate reading for the vehicle was captured returning northbound on I-295 at the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Maryland license plate readers similarly capture Madden’s vehicle traveling southbound on I-95 and I-895 on January 5, 2021, through the Baltimore region, consistent with a person traveling toward Washington, D.C. 

Additionally, on January 7, 2021, Maryland license plate readers captured Madden’s vehicle traveling northbound on I-895 and I-95 through the Baltimore region, consistent with a person returning to the New York region—by way of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. 

Madden was assigned to Magistrate Judge Robin Merriwether in Brooklyn Federal Court.

 


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