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Florida man says he ‘was being part of history’ during US Capitol siege, feds say

Anthony R. Mariotto
Anthony R. Mariotto (DOJ)

MIAMI – Anthony “Tony” Mariotto’s Facebook friend identified him as one of the Floridians who participated in the U.S. Capitol siege, according to federal authorities.

Mariotto’s Facebook friend provided a photograph showing Mariotto, of Fort Pierce, in the Senate gallery on Jan. 6, according to the federal complaint signed on Thursday.

Mariotto told an FBI agent on Jan. 16 that he thought he was “was being part of history” when he walked through the Capitol chanting “USA” after listening to former President Donald Trump’s speech, according to the complaint.

Mariotto, who allegedly showed an FBI agent more photos and videos, is facing charges of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

A U.S. Department of Justice list of defendants charged by complaint also included Gabriel Augustin Garcia, a former U.S. Army Captain and member of the Proud Boys, as a participant in the Capitol siege.

Anthony Mariotto (DOJ)

About the Author:

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.