Rochester man indicted on many charges after Capitol riot

Updated: January 29, 2021 11:06 PM
Created: January 29, 2021 10:48 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester man accused of participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was indicted Friday.

Dominic Pezzola, 43, of Rochester was indicted in federal court in the District of Columbia on charges of conspiracy, civil disorder, unlawfully entering restricted buildings or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in restricted buildings or grounds, obstruction of an official proceeding, aiding and abetting civil disorder,  robbery of personal property of the United States, assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers, destruction of government property and engaging in physical violence in restricted buildings or grounds.

Pezzola was arrested on Jan. 15.

The indictment accuses Pezzola of engaging in a conspiracy to obstruct, influence, impede and interfere with law enforcement officers engaged in their official duties in protecting the U.S. Capitol and its grounds.

He’s also accused of confronting a Capitol Police officer who was attempting to control the crowd and ripping away the officer’s riot shield while the officer was in the midst of a physical engagement, then using that shield to smash windows at the Capitol.

Earlier Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation filed court paperwork requesting that Pezzola be held until his trial.

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