Another Central Florida man arrested in Capitol riot

Howard Berton Adams accused of violent entry on Capitol grounds

Another Central Florida man arrested in Capitol riot
Another Central Florida man arrested in Capitol riot

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Central Florida man is the latest to be arrested in connection with the deadly siege at the Capitol on Jan. 6, court records show.

Howard Berton Adams was arrested Wednesday on charges of civil disorder, intimidation or force against a witness, entering a restricted building or grounds and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

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The allegations against him have not yet been made available. He appeared in federal court in Orlando on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

Prosecutors said Adams has been cooperative with the investigation so they did not seek detention.

He was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond with stipulations that he’s only allowed to travel between Washington, D.C. and Central Florida and that he surrenders his passport and any weapons.

If convicted on all charges, he could be sentenced to up to 28 years in prison and ordered to pay $900,000 in fines.

On Jan. 6, a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters pushed past police and entered the Capitol building as lawmakers were preparing to certify Joe Biden’s presidential win. Five people died during the violence: Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick and four demonstrators.

At least 250 arrests have been made thus far, a number that includes several Floridians.

Among the most notable local suspects are a Sanford firefighter, a Proud Boys organizer and a Marion County man who was previously convicted of attempted murder.

Anyone with information about someone who was involved in the riot can find details on how to report them here.

Chris Hadnagy calls himself the CEO Chief Hacker of Social Engineer L.L.C., and true to his title, he said that he knows some common tricks law enforcement uses to track down suspects after finding a picture of them on social media.

“Think about it, if you upload a photo to Instagram, and it says do you want to tag your location, and it tells you the location,” Hadnagy said. “If you commit a crime, and you put that crime on the internet, and you can now be linked to that crime, that is solid proof. You posted it. You can’t say the picture was doctored. The picture was made up.”


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