A woman carrying a baseball bat near the Capitol’s West Front on Friday morning “became combative” and bit a Capitol Police officer, the department said.
According to the Capitol Police, a woman identified as Olivia Romano, 25, “appeared agitated” and “started yelling at our officers” around 9:30 a.m. Romano allegedly then attacked the Capitol Police officers who tried to take the baseball bat from her.
“When she raised the bat, the officers attempted to take it. In that moment, the woman became combative and bit one of the officers,” the Capitol Police said in a statement to The Hill.
Romano is in custody and charges are pending. A motive for her actions has not yet been identified.
Friday’s incident is the latest in a growing string of security scares on the Capitol campus this year in a community that has remained on edge since the Jan. 6 insurrection.
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