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Providence man accused of Capitol riot heads to D.C.

PROVIDENCE – Timothy Desjardins is wanted in court in Washington, D.C.

The FBI has accused Desjardins, 35, of repeatedly assaulting police officers with a wooden table leg during the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.

But the Providence man still has criminal matters to clear up in Rhode Island.

During a hearing Monday in Superior Court, Providence, Judge Robert D. Krause made arrangements for Desjardins to serve prison time for crimes that date back to the fall of 2021, according to lawyers.

Desjardins’ lawyer, Pamela E. Chin, said Krause had formulated a sentence for Desjardins on Monday but that he also issued a stay in the matter.

The result is that Desjardins will formally receive the sentence early next week, she said.

Chin commented on the situation during a proceeding Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lincoln Almond.

Almond was told that Desjardins already knows he must serve an 18-year prison term for offenses that took place in Providence well after the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Desjardins was accused of drawing a gun during a dispute with a man in the parking lot of Walgreens on Sept. 26, 2021, and firing a shot that grazed the man’s head.

In November 2021, he was accused of engaging in an armed standoff with police at the We the People Barbershop he had operated at 374 Atwells Ave.

Almond heard from Chin and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee H. Vilker on Tuesday for a hearing requested by federal authorities.

Almond was asked to issue an order for Desjardins’ removal from Rhode Island and transfer to Washington, D.C. for prosecution in the riot case.

Almond issued the order.

Vicker asked Almond to keep Desjardins in federal custody, but at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston, through Monday’s proceeding.

Source: providencejournal