Full Sail student hit officer in head with skateboard during Capitol riot, FBI says

Officer suffered concussion

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Full Sail University student was caught on camera hitting an officer in the head with a skateboard during the riot at the Capitol earlier this year, according to the FBI.

Officials from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said Grady Douglas Owens was in custody in Orlando and appeared before a judge Thursday at 3 p.m. Owens studies music production at Full Sail and lives at an apartment complex in Winter Park.

Owens will remain in federal custody overnight. The judge postponed his bond hearing to Friday at 10 a.m.

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According to the report, Owens was captured on body camera video as part of a group of rioters who clashed with police outside the Capitol. During the altercation, Owens used a black skateboard with WhiteFang written on it to hit Metropolitan Police Department Officer Christopher Boyle on the head, records show.

Authorities said Boyle suffered a concussion and an injury to his right pinky finger.

Images from the body camera video were used to make a wanted posted in hopes of identifying Owens. On Feb. 16, an agent investigating the case noticed that the same man was pictured on a Twitter page called @SeditionHunters, which is dedicated to helping identify those involved in the riot.

Federal prosecutors say the images show Grady Owens during the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riots. (WKMG 2020)

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