Former Florida cop went reside on Facebook through the Capitol riot. Now he’s charged

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A former North Miami Beach police officer has been arrested for coming into the U.S. Capitol constructing through the Jan. 6 riot in search of to forestall Congress from certifying the presidential election outcomes, based on information unsealed in federal court docket Sunday.

Nicholes Lentz, 41, was arrested Friday and charged in a legal grievance with coming into a restricted constructing or grounds and disruptive and disorderly conduct on restricted grounds.

An FBI affidavit in help of the arrest cites a video clip Lentz posted on Facebook reside from contained in the Capitol, during which he says: “America has spoken. You can not stop millions of people.”

Lentz provides: “We’re not here to hurt any cops, of course. I love my boys in blue, but this is overwhelming for them. There’s no way they can hold us back.”

The Miami Herald first reported Lentz’s involvement within the riot on Jan. 11.

The FBI interviewed Lentz at his home in Boynton Beach on Friday, and Lentz admitted to being contained in the Capitol constructing through the riot, based on court docket information. He informed the FBI he “drove through the night from Florida to Washington, D.C., arriving in the early hours of Jan. 6” to attend a rally being held by former President Donald Trump.

Lentz informed FBI brokers he entered the Capitol constructing by way of the entrance door and stayed on the bottom flooring, remaining there for about two hours. He denied committing any acts of bodily violence and wasn’t charged with doing so.

“Lentz believed no one at the U.S. Capitol seemed concerned about trespassing, nor were there any warning signs regarding trespassing,” the FBI affidavit says. “He stated that, despite the foregoing, ‘of course you know you’re trespassing.’ ”

After his arrest on Friday, Lentz appeared in court docket by way of Zoom within the Southern District of Florida. His bond was set at $25,000 and he posted bail, information present. His subsequent court docket listening to was set for Feb. 26 by way of Zoom within the District of Columbia.

Lentz, a former U.S. Marine, was a North Miami Beach police officer from June 2016 till August 2020. He additionally labored for the Fort Pierce police division in St. Lucie County from 2014 to 2016.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Lentz voluntarily left his place in North Miami Beach final August and isn’t at present a sworn police officer within the state.

Lentz couldn’t instantly be reached for remark Sunday evening.

Miami Herald workers author David Ovalle contributed reporting.

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