Judge denies home detention request for former Rocky Mount officer charged after Capitol riots

Roanoke Valley News

Rocky Mount Police Department Sgt. Thomas “T.J.” Robertson and officer Jacob Fracker in the Capitol during the riot in front of a statute of John Stark, a Revolutionary War officer famous for writing the state motto of New Hampshire, “Live Free or Die.” (Courtesy United States Capitol Police via AP)

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (WFXR) — A former Rocky Mount police officer charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol will be staying behind bars after his request for house arrest was denied.

Thomas Robertson had been granted pre-trial release earlier this year with several conditions, which officials say he violated.

Robertson was taken into custody after authorities found a rifle and an unassembled pipe bomb in his home in late June. In addition, Robertson reportedly ordered $50,000 worth of weapons.

On July 28, a federal judge ordered Robertson to remain in jail until his trial because he reportedly violated pre-trial release conditions by ordering guns and ammunition from other states to be shipped to a Roanoke gun store.

At the time, Robertson said he did not violate the conditions because the guns and ammo were not in his possession. However, the judge argued there was probable cause to believe Robertson committed a felony while on pre-trial release.

In a court filing on Oct. 25, Robertson’s lawyer asked to move Robertson into house arrest, saying the former law enforcement officer is in segregation from other inmates and that his detention has taken a toll on his mental and physical health. The attorney also mentioned that Robertson’s father died the week before.

However, on Friday, Nov. 12, a judge turned down Robertson’s request to be released to home detention.

Another status hearing is set for the former Rocky Mount officer on Jan. 20, 2022.

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