Dominic Pezzola is an upstate New York man charged in the deadly riot at the US Capitol earlier this month had a thumb drive chock full of instructions for making homemade weapons, poisons, and explosives, federal prosecutors charged in new court documents filed Friday.
Pezzola, a reported member of the far-right group the Proud Boys, “poses a serious danger to the community and a serious risk of flight,” prosecutors wrote in the memo filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
He has been a focus of the sprawling investigation into the Capitol attack almost from the moment it began.
How old is Dominic Pezzola?
Dominic Pezzola, of Rochester, is 43 years old as of 2021.
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Prosecutors charge that Dominic Pezzola stormed the US Capitol on January 6 by breaking a window with the shield of a Capitol police officer, ultimately “allowing the first group of rioters to stream through.”
At the time of Pezzola’s arrest on January 15, the FBI executed a search warrant at Pezzola’s home and discovered a thumb drive with hundreds of PDF files, including a “significant” sum that “provided detailed instructions for making homemade firearms, poisons, and/or explosives,” the court papers state.
Some of the documents found on the thumb drive were titled “Advanced Improvised Explosives,” “Explosive Dust,” “Ragnar’s Big Book of Homemade Weapons” and “The Advanced Anarchist’s Arsenal: Recipes for Improvised Incendiaries and Explosives,” prosecutors say.
Court papers released on Friday morning said that he was in the first wave of rioters to enter the building, shattering a window with a plastic police shield. After climbing through the window, prosecutors said, Mr. Pezzola joined a mob that confronted a Capitol Police officer, Eugene Goodman, in a stairwell near the Senate floor. According to court papers, someone in the mob called out, “Where they meeting at? Where they counting the votes?”
Prosecutors said that Mr. Pezzola later posted a video of himself online, smoking a cigar inside the Capitol. In the video, court papers say, he refers to the cigar as a “victory smoke,” adding that he knew the mob would be able to take over the building if the rioters “tried hard enough.”
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Pezzola, who works as a laborer laying tile, has been charged with obstruction of an official proceeding, destruction of government property. He allegedly fired up a “victory” cigar after breaking into the Capitol with a horde of former President Trump-supporting rioters.
Authorities allege that Pezzola and others stated that they would have killed anyone they got their hands on, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
“The defendant’s actions show planning, determination, and coordination,” the court documents state. “His stated desire to commit further acts of violence, combined with his access to weapons-and-bomb-making manuals, is extremely concerning.”
His Facebook account has not been found yet.
Dominic Pezzola Lawyer
When F.B.I. agents searched Mr. Pezzola’s home near Rochester after the riot, prosecutors said, they found a thumb drive with several PDF files, some suggesting he had been studying bomb-making techniques. The computer files, court papers said, had titles like “Advanced Improvised Explosives,” “Explosive Dusts” and “Ragnar’s Big Book of Homemade Weapons.”
Michael Scibetta, Mr. Pezzola’s lawyer, said late Friday that the authorities were not letting him see his client, who is now in custody in Washington.