An Orange County man who reportedly boasted about being on a plane “loaded with compatriots” before allegedly snapping photos of himself on Jan. 6, 2021 amid the U.S. Capitol collapse became this Week in Huntington Beach arrested the US Attorney’s Office.
Vincent Ardolino was taken into custody on Thursday 1st December in connection with a newly opened criminal complaint.
According to federal prosecutors, on his way to Washington DC, Ardolino posted on Facebook: “Almost to DC to help stop the coup. It turns out this plane is full of patriots who will fight against the political corruption that has infected our government like the CCP virus.”
“CCP” was used to refer to the Chinese Communist Party.
In a statement filed with the court, prosecutors said Ardolino was connected to the crowd accused of trespassing on the US Capitol building through his Google and cell phone accounts, including a “selfie-style” photo of a man believed to be Ardolino wearing a Make America Great Again hat and appears to be standing in front of a group of officers.
The complaint, which relates to closed-loop videotaping, says Ardolino was in the crowd entering the Capitol. After initially denying he was in the restricted building, Ardolino finally admitted to being inside for about 10 minutes, sources say.
There was no indication in the court filings that Ardolino was suspected of involvement in violence or vandalism.
Court filings from prosecutors indicate that Ardolino is a Fountain Valley resident, though at least one of his social media accounts lists him as living in Huntington Beach. He could not be reached immediately for comment.
Ardolino is accused of entering a locked building or compound, disorderly conduct and parading, demonstrating in a Capitol building, or picketing. He is scheduled to appear by video before a magistrate in a federal courtroom in Washington DC on December 8, according to court documents.
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More than 800 people across the country have been arrested and charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riot, as thousands of pro-Trump supporters took part in a at times violent but ultimately failed attempt to block Congress from winning the president’s election Confirming Joe Biden. This includes more than two dozen defendants with ties to Orange County.
More than 275 defendants nationwide have already pleaded guilty, counting essentially offenses involving entering the Capitol or adjacent restricted areas.
https://www.ocregister.com/2022/12/02/oc-man-charged-in-connection-with-jan-6-insurrection-after-facebook-post/ OC man charged in connection with Jan. 6 riot after Facebook post – Orange County Register