Coloradan charged with punching D.C. police officer in face on Jan. 6

An off-and-on Telluride resident faces federal charges for allegedly punching a police officer in the face during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol after another Telluride resident and local law enforcement officials identified him to the FBI.

Avery MacCracken, 68, faces federal charges of civil disorder, entering restricted grounds, disorderly conduct, engaging in physical violence in a restricted building, an act of physical violence in the Capitol grounds, and assaulting, resisting or impeding officers.

FBI agents identified MacCracken as one of the Capitol insurrectionists after Coloradans saw his image online and reported him.

A Telluride resident contacted San Miguel Sheriff Bill Masters after seeing a photo of MacCracken on the FBI website as well as on, a website dedicated to helping the public identify Jan. 6 suspects.

Masters also identified the man in the photos as MacCracken, as did Telluride Marshal’s Office Chief Marshal Josh Comte. Both Masters and Comte told the FBI that they and their officers have had multiple interactions with MacCracken. Comte also said that the clothing MacCracken wore to the Capitol is the same outfit he is frequently seen wearing in the Telluride area.

Agents watched body camera footage from D.C. Metropolitan Police officers that showed MacCracken push shove officers and punch one officer in the face, according to court records. The officer suffered a small cut on his face, under his eye.

Travel records obtained by the FBI showed MacCracken flew to Washington from Montrose on Jan. 3 and returned Jan. 9.

Deputies with the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office arrested MacCracken on Saturday in Norwood in connection with the federal charges, according to the sheriff’s office.

The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office said MacCracken has a long history of criminal misconduct in the area. MacCracken lived out of his car in different areas of the county over the last several years, the sheriff’s office said.

“It’s no surprise to those of us who have had to deal with this career criminal that he, along with the other clowns, violently assaulted peace officers who were attempting to protect our Republic,” Masters said in a statement.

Colorado court records show MacCracken was charged in 27 criminal cases in San Miguel County between 1995 and 2021. His convictions include harassment, drug possession and driving under restraint.

MacCracken is the 12th Coloradan to face federal charges in connection with the Jan. 6 riot that paused the certification of the 2020 presidential election. Five people died in connection to the uprising.

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