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.

Eduardo Nicolas Alvear Gonzalez

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”.

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