Seventh FL man arrested for alleged role in Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot

Federal authorities have arrested another Florida man — the seventh thus far — on charges that he participated in the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan 6.

Jesus Rivera, of Pensacola, was taken into custody at his home Wednesday morning, according to a written statement released by press aides to U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe in the Northern District of Florida in Tallahassee.

The charges are that Rivera knowingly entered or remained in a restricted building without lawful authority with intent to impede government business or official functions; disorderly or disruptive conduct on Capitol grounds; and parading, demonstrating, or picketing on Capitol grounds.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia will handle the prosecution, Keefe’s office said.

The arrest came on the day that Joe Biden was inaugurated as president — precisely the outcome that many of the pro-Donald Trump rioters allegedly had hoped to prevent.

According to a statement of facts contained in the case records, as with other arrestees the FBI traced Rivera through video footage he shot while inside the Capitol, which included views of his own face, which he posted on a Facebook account that has since been disabled or deleted.

Additional Floridians facing charges, according to U.S. Department of Justice records, are Joseph Randall Biggs, described as a Proud Boys organizer; Matthew Council of Hillsborough County; Michael Curzio of Marion County; Gabriel Augustin Garcia of Miami; Adam Johnson of Manatee County; and Andrew Williams, a firefighter from Sanford.