Federal prosecutors said a New York man was arrested on several charges this weekend for his role in the deadly riot by a pro-Trump mob at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month and for allegedly discussing killing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Vice President Pence.
According to press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, Dominic “Spaz” Pezzola, 43, was arrested and charged on Friday with unlawful entry, destruction of government property and obstruction of an official proceeding over his alleged criminal activities in the Jan. 6 riot.
An affidavit supporting a criminal complaint against Pezzola alleged that he had gained unlawful entry to the Capitol building by using a U.S. Capitol Police shield to break a window.
After entering the building, Pezzola was allegedly captured on footage smoking a cigar inside, the release states, and “saying words to the effect of, ‘Victory smoke in the Capitol, boys. This is f—ing awesome. I knew we could take this mother—-er over [if we] just tried hard enough.’”
Pezzola allegedly bragged about the criminal activities afterward and stated along with others that he “would have killed anyone they got their hands on, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Michael Pence,” the release states, citing the allegations in the affidavit.
Pezzola had also, according to the affidavit, been seen participating in other rallies in Washington last month that “included individuals wearing clothing consistent with the ‘Proud Boys,’” the release states.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is prosecuting the case along with the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division. The FBI’s Buffalo Field Office, Albany Field Office and Washington Field Office are also investigating the case.
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