FBI asking for Rochester man charged in Capitol riot to be kept in jail until trial

Updated: January 29, 2021 07:21 PM
Created: January 29, 2021 07:19 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation got a warrant to search the Rochester home of Dominic Pezzola, who is accused of going into the U.S. Capitol building during the Jan. 6 riot.

The findings convinced the FBI to ask a federal court to keep him in jail until his trial. 

Court paperwork filed Friday said the FBI found hundreds of files on a computer in Pezzola's room that "provide detailed instructions for making homemade firearms, poisons, and/or explosives."

They also accused Pezzola of turning off his cell phone and changing his appearance. That's why the U.S. Attorney wrote he "poses a serious danger to the community and a serious risk of flight."

The FBI says this video shows Pezzola using a Capitol Police shield to smash into the Capitol Building. 

In its filing, it used images to track Pezzola in the crowd, from marching to the Capitol, to a crowd pushed up against a wall of police. 

The filing includes a photo which the FBI says is Pezzola reaching for a police shield when the two crowds clashed.

It then includes photos of who the FBI says is Pezzola holding a police shield, climbing stairs to reach the capitol balcony and then smashing the window. 

It also says Pezzola was in this crowd pursuing a Capitol Police officer up a flight of stairs. 

One of the charges Pezzola is facing comes with a maximum of 20 years in federal prison if he is convicted.

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