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Capitol Rioter Anthony Scirica Charged After Friend Snapchats About him 'on TV'

Newsweek logo Newsweek 6/16/2021 Matthew Impelli
a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. © Samuel Corum/Getty Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.

A criminal complaint with an arrest warrant was issued against alleged Capitol rioter Anthony Joseph Scirica after federal investigators saw evidence of Scirica allegedly inside the Capitol on Snapchat with a caption that said, "Anthony made it on TV."

According to the complaint released by the Washington D.C. District Attorney's office on June 14, after the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, investigators received several tips stating that Scirica, whose age and hometown was not released, was inside the Capitol building during the riots.

Investigators interviewed two separate witnesses that both identified an individual seen in photographs taken inside the Capitol as Scirica, the complaint said. The photographs provided by a tipster, identified in the complaint as a former co-worker of Scirica, were screenshots taken from an Inside Edition report of the Capitol riot, according to the complaint.

The complaint said that investigators also received a video recording of Scirica's Snapchat account on Jan. 6 from a tipster.

"Law enforcement was unable to view the Snapchat stories on Scirica's Snapchat, but reviewed the video provided by the tipster, which was a recording of Scirica's multiple Snapchat stories. Law enforcement recognized several locations depicted in the video as the Washington Monument, the exterior of the U.S. Capitol, and several rooms inside the U.S. Capitol, including Statuary Hall," the complaint said.

The complaint also said one of Scirica's Snapchat stories appears to be a picture from ABC News showing an individual wearing an American flag on their back and khaki pants at Statuary Hall inside the U.S. Capitol.

"The image was captioned, 'Anthony made it on TV,' along with a separate comment, 'thank you Lauren for finding this'," the complaint said.


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Investigators also reviewed United States Capitol Police (USCP) closed-circuit television (CCTV) from Jan. 6 and determined that Scirica was the individual seen in the Snapchat videos.

According to the complaint, Scirica was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority as well as violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Following the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, when supporters of former President Donald Trump breached the building in protest of Congress certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election, hundreds of rioters have been arrested and charged.

On June 4, the D.C. District Attorney's Office said that since Jan. 6, approximately 465 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states.

"Over 130 defendants have been charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers or employees, including over 40 individuals who have been charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon or causing serious bodily injury to an officer," the D.C. District Attorney's office said in a press release on June 4.

Despite the number of arrests made following the Capitol riots, the June 4 press release noted that the FBI is still seeking the public's help in identifying "over 250 individuals believed to have committed assaults on police officers or other violent acts on the Capitol grounds."

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