Rochester man accused of participating in Capitol Riot being held without bail

Dominic Pezzola Photo: FBI. Dominic Pezzola

Updated: March 17, 2021 05:48 PM
Created: March 17, 2021 05:47 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester man accused of breaking windows and taking a Capitol Police Officer's shield during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 is being held without bail until his trial.

The decision was first announced on Feb. 10, but Dominic Pezzola's lawyers challenged the pretrial detention order. A judge stood by the decision in court paperwork filed Tuesday. 

The paperwork says, "there are no conditions or combination of conditions that would reasonably assure the safety of the community if Pezzola were released pending trial."

Pezzola is facing charges of conspiracy, assault, impeding officers, civil disorder, obstruction of proceeding, robbery of personal property, aiding and abetting for his alleged actions during the Capitol Riot.

Investigators say pictures and video show Pezzola using a stolen police shield to break a window at the Capitol, allowing rioters in. He's one of at least a dozen alleged members of the Proud Boys charged in the assault.

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