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FBI arrests HB resident for riot

PROTESTERS gather outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The protest turned into a riot as thousands stormed the U.S. Capitol, an incident that ended in the deaths of five persons (Wikipedia/Tyler Merble).

The long arm of the law, federal variety, reached into Huntington Beach on Thursday and arrested a resident accused of taking part in the Jan. 6 riot and storming of the U.S. Capitol.

MARK SIMON at the U.S. Capitol entrance (U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia file).

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mark Simon, a resident of Surf City, has been charged with “entering a restricted building or grounds and unlawful activities on Capitol grounds.”

The FBI agent who made the arrest located a blog post with the title “From HB to DC” … helped storm the Capitol for Trump!” Similar material had been posted – then deleted – on Facebook and You Tube. A video posted online allegedly shows Simon in the threshold of the Capitol building. He has turned the camera on himself and said, “In the Capitol baby, yeah.” He later added, “2021 Donald Trump.”

The agency coordinated with the Huntington Beach Police Department, who confirmed that Simon was a “known activist” and that Simon was the man depicted in the post and video.

So far, at least 150 persons have been arrested in the incident, in which five people died. Federal officials are reportedly considering additionally charging some of the persons arrested with sedition, which carries a potential sentence of 20 years in federal prison.


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