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Florida man arrested after bragging he was at Capitol riot on Facebook: ‘You know I was there, right?’
Another man was arrested after he bragged that he was part of the attack at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 on social media.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, 55-year-old John Maron Nassif bragged on Facebook and posted videos from inside the building.
"You know I was there, right?" wrote Nassif two days after the event, according to the Justice Department affidavit. "You don't find it odd that police officer is welcoming everybody in? Considering the narrative that's being pushed?"
"I found myself inside the building. The Rotunda was nearly filled with people," Nassif also. "No one was fighting or being violent. More pushing and I decided to leave. It wasn't until I was walking back that I heard a rumor someone had been shot. It wasn't till I got back to my hotel room I learned the specifics. Anyone telling you this was some type of coup etc is telling you lies."
He then proceeded to post a series of memes and claims that Antifa was the one behind the riot.
During his Monday hearing, Nassif was seen on Zoom, not wearing a mask while sitting next to his lawyer who was.
"He was released from custody on Monday and is scheduled for an initial hearing via Zoom May 17 at 1 p.m. in Washington D.C.," said the Sentinel. "He doesn't have the money for a lawyer so he's getting a public defender appointed."
He expressed concern about the public defender being out of the DC office, but the judge explained that due to the huge number of people arrested from the Capitol attack, "they've got this down by now."
Orlando Police Lt. Diego Toruno on Monday updated reporters following fatal shooting at a United States Citizenship and Immigration Service Building.
Toruno said a woman and a man were walking into the building shortly before 10 a.m. when a gunman in a car opened fired. The woman was able to flee, but the man was shot and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police arrested a suspect in Kissimmee after a 20 mile chase.
Authorities did not reveal if the shooter and suspects knew each other.
Here at an Orlando field office for US Customs & Immigration on Lee Vista Dr, where Orlando Police say there was… https://t.co/QD59k1r4j6— Grace Toohey (@Grace Toohey)1620661128.0
Scene still active near Guadalajara Drive and Veracruz Avenue in #Kissimmee. A suspect from a crime in Orlando was… https://t.co/jMdFdFoNjt— Stephanie Bechara (@Stephanie Bechara)1620667128.0
‘Anyone telling you this was some kind of coup is telling you lies,’ said man arrested for role in coup
John Maron Nassif was arrested today by the FBI in connection with the January 6 Capitol riots, with the help of Facebook posts that "friends" had captured before he deleted them.
Nassif, of Winter Springs FL, has been charged with unlawful and violent entry and disorderly conduct charges. Nassif was reported to the FBI by two witnesses to his Facebook account.
But in his telling on Facebook, it all seemed much ado about nothing:
"I found myself inside the building. The Rotunda was nearly filled with people. No was fighting or being violent. More pushing and I decided to leave. It wasn't until I was walking back that I heard a rumor someone had been shot. It wasn't 'til I got back to the hotel room I learned the specifics. Anyone who is telling you was some kind of coup etc. is telling you lies."
In another Facebook conversation on January 8, Nassif notably told someone, "You know I was there, right? You don't find it odd that police officer (sic) was welcoming us in? Considering the narrative that's being pushed?"
By the next day, however, Nassif did seem aware that extra caution might be in order. He told another Facebook friend that he had deleted his Twitter account and app. And he advised this:
"Download this (Signal app) and turn off auto updates for your app on your phone. Encrypted comms should we need them."
The FBI complaint stated that one of the witnesses against Nassif describing seeing a video in which his voice can be heard indicating he was inside the Capitol building. Another witness identified Nassif from photos shown by the FBI.
Nassif is expected to appear today in federal court in Orlando, reports WKMG-TV News 6 there. The station also reports he is the 16th suspect charged from central Florida.
You can read the FBI complaint here.
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