Judge rejects release of jailed Newburgh man charged with assaulting cops at Capitol Jan. 6

Chris McKenna
Times Herald-Record

A 26-year-old Newburgh man charged with assaulting multiple police officers during the pro-Trump riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 has lost his bid to be released from jail while his case is pending.

U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols rejected the release request by Edward Lang's lawyers after they and prosecutors argued over Lang's continued detention during a court hearing in Washington, D.C., on Monday. Nichols' written decision on the motion has not yet been filed.

FBI have identified Edward Lang as the man with the shield and baseball bat in this photo from Jan. 6, in which a pro-Trump mob clashes with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol.

The ruling came five days after Lang was charged in an indictment that expanded the total criminal counts against him to 13 and added greater detail based on what prosecutors unearthed in a mass of video recordings. The charges now identify by initials five D.C. cops Lang allegedly assaulted – three of them with a riot shield and s baseball bat – and the exact times of those attacks during a rampage lasting nearly two and a half hours.

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Lang's attorneys had filed their motion for Nichols to release their client last month, arguing he posed no public danger or flight risk, was being mistreated in the D.C. jail and couldn't meet privately with them there to help prepare his defense. They asked he at least be allowed a laptop to view evidence if the judge wouldn't release him.

Edward Lang, a 26-year-old Sullivan County native, is a Capitol riot suspect. He was arrested at his Newburgh apartment on Jan. 16.

But prosecutors argued forcefully to keep Lang behind bars, filing a 37-page response that detailed to the minute the repeated acts of violence they said videos had shown him committing against police officers who were defending the Capitol from invading Trump supporters.

Among the litany of allegations: they say he repeatedly kicked a detective as he lay on the ground, beat another cop with a riot shield 10 times, struck police 16 times with a baseball bat and climbed over the heads of fellow rioters to grab and hit another officer.

Lang is one of nine current and former Hudson Valley residents and more than 600 people in all charged in connection with the attack on the Capitol as Congress met to certify President Joe Biden's election victory. Most have been released while awaiting trial or plea negotiations. Lang is among those who face the most serious charges and remained jailed.

Lang is originally from the hamlet of Narrowsburg in Sullivan County and graduated from Delaware Valley High School in Pike County, Pennsylvania, in 2013. He was arrested at his apartment in the city of Newburgh on Jan. 16, 10 days after the riot.

Prosecutors say Lang boasted numerous times on social media about his participation in the riot, and used the encrypted messaging service Telegram in the days afterward to try to organize a militia to commit more violence, including disrupting Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20.