Man seen smoking marijuana in U.S. Capitol uprising pleads guilty after being arrested in Virginia Beach
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A man who authorities say was photographed smoking what appeared to be marijuana on the United States Capitol during the Jan.6 uprising has been arrested in Hampton Roads .
The FBI Norfolk confirmed Thursday that Eduardo Nicolas Alvear Gonzalez was arrested Tuesday morning in Virginia Beach by the FBI Norfolk division.
Gonzalez is accused of knowingly entering or remaining in a building or restricted land without legal authorization and of violently entering or driving disorderly on the Capitol grounds.
The charges relate to the chaos that erupted on Jan.6 on the U.S. Capitol as Congress certified the electoral college’s votes for the 2020 presidential election, cementing President Joe Biden’s victory.
On September 30, Gonzalez pleaded guilty in DC Circuit Court. He is due to be sentenced on January 5, 2022.
More than 200 people have been charged in connection with the riot at the Capitol, which left several dead, including a police officer, NPR reported on Tuesday.
Statement of facts indicates that Gonzalez went to the Capitol with an olive-colored sun hat, American flag patterned pants, an olive-colored long-sleeved shirt, a light green backpack and a fanny pack black.
He could be seen in a YouTube video in the Capitol rotunda, according to documents.
The agent wrote in the statement of facts that the witness who called the FBI to inform them of Gonzalez’s identity in the YouTube videos is a member of his family. This person said that Gonzalez previously lived in Ventura, California, and recently rented an Airbnb in or around Washington DC.
The first video is titled “Man smoking doobie weed at the dome of the Capitol, supporters of Donald Trump”. The second is titled “The Capitol Rotunda Doobie Smoker Explains Why He Did It”.
In the second video, Gonzalez replied “freedom”.
Further FBI investigation confirmed that Gonzalez’s California driver’s license photo looked a lot like the man in YouTube videos. The FBI also discovered that Gonzalez was renting an Airbnb residence in Alexandria for a period of 30 days from January 1.
It was scheduled to fly from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Los Angeles International Airport on Monday, February 1.
A photo was posted to YouTube by a user account called “The Good Lion Experience”, which had a lion image with a black background as its user image. The witness told the FBI that Gonzalez was often referred to as “Lion Nick”.
The FBI also used Snapchat in its investigation into the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill.
A video recorded on Snapchat showed a user walking through the Capitol Rotunda. Part of the video showed an individual matching Gonzalez’s distinctive clothing exchanging “small items that appear to be marijuana cigarettes” with another individual.
Other witnesses gave the FBI a Zoom video that Gonzalez recorded and posted on the Internet on January 7, the day after the insurgency.
Gonzalez shared his computer screen in the video and showed several photographs and videos of himself and others inside the Capitol, according to court documents.
“Sometimes it shows what appears to be over 50 photographs and videos saved in a folder titled ‘Captiol [sic] Storming, ”the documents state.
In the Zoom video, Gonzalez recounted various images taken inside the Capitol and talks about the actions of the Capitol police as rioters burst into the building.
During the video, Gonzalez said, “I’m showing everyone how I entered the Capitol yesterday,” the documents say.
He also spoke about smoking marijuana at the Trump rally before the Capitol Riot and then in the Rotunda.
Gonzalez directed Zoom viewers to Twitter where he had “more gnarly images”. The account he created was “Good Lion Films” with an image matching that of Good Lion’s YouTube account.
On the basis of the various videos posted on social networks, the authorities filed the statement of facts on January 31 regarding the charges against Gonzalez.
Two other rioters were police from and from the area south of Roanoke.