- John Maron Nassif, 55, is accused of bragging on Facebook about having attended the Capitol riot.
- Federal officials say they arrested him Monday after finding posts in which he said, “I was there.”
- If convicted, Nassif could face a year in prison, a year of probation, and a hefty $100,000 fine.
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A Florida man accused of boasting on Facebook multiple times about attending the deadly US Capitol riot was arrested Monday.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that John Maron Nassif, 55, was being charged with violent entry, disorderly conduct, and entering a restricted building or grounds without authority to do so.
“You know I was there, right?” an arrest affidavit said Nassif wrote on January 8, according to the Sentinel. “You don’t find it odd that police officer is welcoming everybody in? Considering the narrative that’s being pushed?”
Nassif is also said to have posted on January 20, weeks after the January 6 riot, acknowledging he was one of the people who breached the Capitol.
“I found myself inside the building. The Rotunda was nearly filled with people,” he’s accused of writing on Facebook, per the Sentinel. “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,” the post continued. “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.”
Nassif, if convicted, could face a year in prison, a year of probation, and a hefty fine of $100,000, the Sentinel reported.
The Capitol riot left five people, including one police officer, dead after a mob of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters sought to disrupt Congress’ certification of his defeat to Joe Biden. So far, 458 people have been arrested in connection to the insurrection.
Suspects have been identified largely by their social-media posts, as many posed for photos that led the FBI to them. One woman even identified herself by name in an interview with a reporter posted to Twitter. The woman, who referred to herself as Elizabeth, said she’s from Knoxville, Tennessee. Her face is fully visible in the tweet.
Shortly after federal officials announced they’d investigate the riot and its cause, people were said to be scrambling to delete incriminating photos and social-media posts.
Nassif is scheduled to appear at an initial virtual hearing next week, the Sentinel reported. The court is appointing a public lawyer to defend him.