Wixom man charged in connection with US Capitol riot, accused of violence

Michael Foy faces list of charges related to violence at Capitol

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo rioters break into the Capitol in Washington. Far-right media personality Tim Gionet, who calls himself Baked Alaska, has been arrested by the FBI for his involvement in the riot at the U.S. Capitol, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) (John Minchillo, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

A Wixom resident has been charged in connection with the pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

The FBI announced Thursday that Michael Foy has been arrested and charged with the following:

  • Knowingly enter or remain in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority
  • Obstruction of law enforcement
  • Forcibly assault, resist, oppose, impede, intimidate, or interfere with any officer of the United States
  • Aiding and abetting
  • Obstruct, influence, or impede any official proceeding of Congress

Foy is expected to appear in federal court on Thursday.

FBI identifies Foy as man wielding hockey stick

The federal complaint against Foy says he was identified in video footage of the attack on the Capitol Building. He was identified by the FBI as a man seen carrying and swinging a hockey stick toward police officers.

According to an FBI criminal complaint, these images show Michael Foy, of Wixom, with a hockey stick at the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. (FBI)

From the complaint:

“On or about January 10, 2021, the FBI received a tip on its official Twitter account. The tip provided a single image or photograph of a male carrying a hockey stick. The exact tweet stated ‘This is the man that killed the police officer. He hit him with a hockey-stick over and over in the head.’ This tip has not been corroborated or confirmed by law enforcement. Additionally, your affiant has no evidence that the suspect killed a police officer. We nevertheless include this fact to explain the investigative steps that were subsequently taken.”

Here is the full complaint with images that allegedly show Foy with the hockey stick at the Capitol riot:

According to an FBI criminal complaint, these images show Michael Foy, of Wixom, with a hockey stick at the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. (FBI)

The video referenced by the FBI can be viewed here.

Images show Foy with the hockey stick at first being used as a flag pole.

Michael Foy in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021, according to the FBI. (FBI)


The deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol Building took place Jan. 6 while the entire Congress was on their respective floors. Many elected officials said things were proceeding as planned when the safety of what was believed to be one of the most secure buildings in the world was compromised.

A violent mob with loyalties to President Trump stormed the building, engaging in deadly violence with Capitol Police officers. Millions of Americans watched the events unfold with shock and horror.

Overall, six people died -- four rioters and one police officer. One woman was shot and killed inside the Capitol.

Read back: Pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol in bid to overturn election

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Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.