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Marion County man charged in US Capitol breach

Published: Jan. 7, 2021 at 4:06 PM EST
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP/WCJB) — At least three men from Florida have been charged with unlawful entry in the chaotic breach of the U.S. Capitol by a mob supporting President Donald Trump, including a man from Marion County.

In addition, officials say a Florida firefighter has been placed on leave after photos surfaced of him participating in Wednesday’s violent event.

The U.S. Capitol Police say John Anderson of St. Augustine, Michael Curzio of Summerfield and Matthew Council of Riverview are facing the unlawful entry charges. It wasn’t immediately clear Thursday whether they were jailed or whether they had lawyers to represent them.

“The USCP is continuing to review surveillance video and open source material to identify others who may be subject to criminal charges,” Capitol Police said in a press release.

This is not the first time Curzio has been in trouble with the law. The Marion County resident was arrested and charged with attempted murder. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Curzio drove to his girlfriend’s house and when her new boyfriend, Ariel Ramos opened the door, the two started to fight.

The two men argued and Curzio opened fire, shooting Ramos in the chest. He survived and Curzio told investigators that the gun accidentally went off in the scuffle. He served eight years in prison and was released from prison in February 2019.

A spokeswoman for a fire department near Orlando said one of its firefighters was being investigated for participating in the Capitol breach. Sanford Fire Department firefighter Andy Williams has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome, said spokeswoman Bianca Gillett.

The photo shows Williams wearing a Trump hat while standing outside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Another Florida man, Adam Christian Johnson of Parrish, was identified by numerous people as the person photographed carrying a House lectern while walking and grinning through the Capitol rotunda. There was no word on whether Johnson will face charges.

The Bradenton Herald reports that neither Johnson nor family members have responded to phone calls.

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