D.C. Man Arrested After Punching Capitol Police Officers

While the House was prepping its last votes before the August recess, Capitol Police were fending off a bizarre, shirtless attacker. Around 3:22 p.m., a few hours before the final actions on Aug. 1, two officers saw a man yelling profanities in the middle of the road near the 200 block of Maryland Avenue Northeast. When they instructed him to get out of traffic, the man clenched his fists and started swinging, striking a passing vehicle. Police say Michael Day, a 48-year-old white man from the District, then became physically combative. He punched a male and female officer, before police were able to subdue and handcuff him, with the help of other officers arriving on the scene. After the scuffle, Day was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. The two injured officers also were sent to a hospital for treatment. Police said during subsequent processing at Capitol Police headquarters, they found Day had a clear vial containing a green leafy substance and an aluminum foil wrapper with brown substance that smelled like PCP. Day was charged with a felony for assaulting a police officer and a misdemeanor charge for possession of PCP, said Capitol Police spokesman Shennell Antrobus. On Saturday, Day pleaded not guilty to both charges during an arraignment in D.C. Superior Court. Day is being held in jail and will go before a judge for a detention hearing on Aug 9. Correction: Aug. 5, 11:49 a.m. An earlier version of this post reported that Day was released on personal recognizance. He is being held until he returns to court later this month.   Related stories:  In D.C., Response to Judge’s Handgun Ruling Is Mixed and Muddled Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.