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Hatchet Speed biography: 13 things about US Capitol riot suspect from McLean, Virginia

Born Daniel Abraham Speed, Hatchet M. Speed is a white man from McLean, Virginia, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

Hatchet Speed (© Alexandria Sheriffs Office)
Hatchet Speed (© Alexandria Sheriffs Office)
  1. Aside from McLean, he has lived in other parts of Virginia including Falls Church.
  2. From 1997 to 2008, he attended Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, USA where he earned his bachelor’s degree in applied physics with an emphasis on computer science.
  3. In December 2002, he joined the U.S. Navy Reserve as a cryptologic technician.
  4. From February 2003 to May 2003, he worked for the BYU Office of Information Technology as an application utilities programmer.
  5. From May 2004 to April 2005, he worked for the BYU Office of Information Technology as a systems administrator.
  6. From May 2006 to September 2006, he worked for Firstline Security, Inc. as a technical support representative.
  7. From January 2007 to September 2008, he worked for Elevate Communications, LLC as an information technology specialist.
  8. In May 2013, his Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) certification was issued. In June 2013, he joined Convergent Technologies, Inc. in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, USA as a software engineer.
  9. In May 2016, his CompTIA certification expired.
  10. In 2021, he joined Novetta Solutions LLC in Vienna, Virginia as a software developer and technical lead. On January 6, 2021, he went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA. That day, Donald Trump 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.
  11. On January 23, 2022, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents conducted surveillance of him.
  12. In March 2022, he was assigned to the Naval Warfare Space Field Activity at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). On March 15, 2022, he admitted to an FBI undercover employee that he entered the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. On March 22, 2022, he told the employee that he went to the U.S. Capitol with friends who were Proud Boys members. An FBI special agent filed a criminal complaint against him, which was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui on June 21, 2022. On June 22, 2022, he was arrested in McLean but was released to home detention with location monitoring.
  13. He was 41 years old when a federal jury convicted him on January 18, 2023 on charges of unlawful possession of unregistered silencers.

(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 or submit relevant photos and videos to the FBI.

1 reply »

  1. AFTER the riot he got assigned to the NRO ???
    Thinking that may change soon also
    and how does a Hitler Fan pass through the security net ????


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