Michael Joseph Foy biography: 13 things about US Capitol riot suspect from Wixom, Michigan

Michael Joseph Foy is a white man from Michigan, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. His father Joseph Foy lives in Westland, Wayne County, Michigan and previously lived in Detroit, Michigan(a) 
  2. He lives in Wixom, Oakland County, Michigan. (b)
  3. In 2009, he graduated from high school. (b)
  4. He previously worked at Red Robin and Terminix. (b)
  5. In 2014, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines(b)
  6. In 2019, he received an honorable discharge from the Marines. He reached the rank of corporal and earned a medal for his good conduct. (b)
  7. On November 6, 2020, he attended a rally in support of Donald Trump outside the TCF Center in Detroit. (b)
  8. After struggling with alcohol abuse, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, he received mental health and substance help in 2020. (c)
  9. Wearing a blue mask and a gray sweatshirt, he went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021. That day, Trump’s supporters breached the building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Joe Biden‘s victory in the 2020 presidential election. During the riot, he used a hockey stick to strike U.S. Capitol Police officers guarding the building’s doors at least 10 times. (a) (b)
  10. A Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent filed a criminal complaint against him, which was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather on January 20, 2020. He was 30 years old when he was arrested at his home in Wixom on January 21, 2021. (a) (b)
  11. For his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, obstruction of law enforcement, forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding, intimidating or interfering with any officer of the U.S., aiding and abetting and obstructing, influencing or impeding any official proceeding of Congress.  He had no criminal history prior to the riot. (a) (c)
  12. Represented by Colleen Fitzharris, he appeared before U.S. Magistrate Patricia Morris at his virtual detention hearing in a green jail vest from Livingston County Jail in Howell, Michigan on January 25, 2021. The judge denied bond to him and considered him one of the most violent of the U.S. Capitol rioters on January 6, 2021. (b) (c)
  13. He was set to start a new job on February 1, 2021, according to Fitzharris. (c)


(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)


If you have information about someone who participated in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, call 1-800-CALL-FBI. You may also submit relevant photos and videos to the FBI.

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