- Bruno Cua of Georgia has been charged with assaulting a federal officer in the Capitol riot.
- The 18-year-old man was seen on video in the uprising on January 6th.
- In the days leading up to the riots, he encouraged others to “fight” and travel to Washington DC.
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An 18-year-old Georgian video accused of rioting in the Capitol was seen pushing a Capitol police officer and saying he was called to Washington to “fight” in the days before the uprising, the FBI said.
Bruno Cua, of Milton, Georgia, has been charged with assaulting a federal officer and civil disorder in addition to other charges of rioting the Capitol.
The FBI said it received at least two tips from people who identified Cua as a participant in the Jan. 6 uprising in which five people died, including a Capitol police officer.
According to the criminal complaint, the FBI also saw images from Cua’s Instagram story in which he said he had “stormed” the Capitol building and that he and others were “physically fighting on our way.”
An FBI-cited riot surveillance video and a video released by The New Yorker show Cua wearing a MAGA cap as he wanders through the halls of the Capitol through the Senate Chamber. In some clips, he appears to be holding a baton, the FBI said.
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According to the FBI, surveillance footage showed Cua pushing the officer of a Capitol police officer in civilian clothes standing in front of the Senate Chamber.
“Several people tried to get into the room that the officers were trying to secure,” the criminal complaint says. “There was a tremor between the officers and at least one person in the group.”
In several Parler entries shared before the uprising, Cua referred to travel plans to Washington to protest President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal,” an event that descended into the Capitol Uprising.
“President Trump is calling us to a fight! His own cabinet, everyone has betrayed him,” Cua said in a post, according to screenshots shared by the FBI. “Trump & #WeThePeople VS is #deepstate and #CCP. You know that’s the only way to save our great country, to appear # on January 6. It’s time to take our freedom back in the old-fashioned way.”
In another post, he said the call to fight is not a “joke.”
“Here and when we take our position,” he said. “# January 6, Washington DC.”
Cua Parler’s account was deactivated, but WSB-TV reported that the teenager also encouraged followers to arm themselves with riot guns, pepper spray and baseball bats for the riot.
His teenage lawyer did not respond immediately to Insider’s comments.
Cua is among more than 200 people charged with rioting in the Capitol.
This is not the first time Cua has run into the police. In December, police quoted him saying he had violated Milton’s public nuisance ordinance.
Police said officers said they found his van driving around a parking lot while Trump hoisted a flag and hummed the bagpipe, the Milton Herald reported.