Pensacola man charged with taking part in Capitol riot

Northwest Florida

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — A man from Northwest Florida has been arrested in connection with the Capitol riot earlier this month.

The following is an unedited news release from the FBI:

FBI Jacksonville has taken Jesus Rivera of Pensacola, Florida into custody for his role in the riot and assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has charged Rivera with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct on capitol buildings or grounds; and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol buildings.

Rivera was arrested in Pensacola without incident on Wednesday, January 20 by special agents from the FBI Jacksonville Pensacola Resident Agency in coordination with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

“The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights, but we will not tolerate those who seek to incite violence or wreak havoc on our established institutions,” said Rachel L. Rojas, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division. “We will continue to hold accountable those who were responsible the violent actions at the U.S. Capitol, and coordinate with our federal, state, and local partners to ensure safety in all North Florida communities in the future.”

The FBI is grateful to our partners at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance. We encourage anyone with information about individuals who incited or promoted violence of any kind during the siege, to call 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit photos and video to www.fbi.gov/USCapitol.

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