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'It was f--king fun': Harrodsburg man arrested for Jan. 6 violence at Capitol

If the insurrection at the Capitol showed anything, it’s that we have a long way to go to get back to a civil political dialogue.
Posted at 12:27 PM, Apr 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-21 10:06:48-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Harrodsburg man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly assaulting multiple officers and knocking one of them unconscious during the Jan. 6 violence at the U.S. Capitol.

According to a criminal complaint, Stephen Chase Randolph was caught on video pushing and pulling the barricades meant to separate violent protesters from Capitol property.

In the process of pushing the barricades to the ground, police said Randolph and other protesters knocked over a Capitol police officer, causing her to lose consciousness when her head hit the stairs behind her.

Police said Randolph then assaulted two other officers by "pushing, shoving, grabbing and generally resisting the officers and interfering with their official duties of protecting the closed and restricted U.S. Capitol grounds."

On April 13, FBI agents recorded a conversation with Randolph at his workplace in which he admitted to being at the U.S. Capitol riot.

Randolph later said that he was "in it" and "it was (expletive) fun," referring to being in the crowd.

He then told the undercover agents he saw an officer get pushed over by barricades and that her head had bounced off the handrails by the stairs. Randolph said that he thought the police officer likely had a concussion because she was curled up in the fetal position after being pushed to the ground.

Randolph is charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding an officer causing bodily injury; obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder; and obstruction of justice/congress.