A Florida man wanted for allegedly storming the U.S. Capitol was arrested when he returned brainless to Washington, DC, for the presidential nomination on Wednesday, officials said.
Samuel Camargo, 26 – who was reportedly captured in video footage trying to break through the building during the January 6 riot – returned to his home in Broward County after the deadly siege, according to the Justice Department.
But despite knowing he was being chased by federal authorities, he is accused of having fled to Washington less than two weeks later, prosecutors said.
“[He] decided that he should try to attend the inauguration rather than turn into authorities, ”the court said.
An FBI agent first contacted Camargo the day after the Capitol breach and he allegedly admitted to witnessing the riot – before the conversation got tense, prosecutors wrote in the court file.
“He then became uncooperative and questioned the agent’s loyalty to the constitution before saying he had no more information to provide,” the file says. “Following this interview, the accused then posted on social networks:“ I just spoke to an FBI agent, I think I was cleared ”.
When officers attempted to arrest him at his home on Tuesday, he had already fled to Washington DC, prosecutors said.
But authorities caught Camargo in Washington the next day, and he was charged with civil unrest, knowingly entering a building or restricted grounds and disorderly conduct on Capitol Hill grounds, according to the criminal complaint.
At a hearing Thursday, a judge ordered him to stay behind bars, calling him a possible flight risk.
“Frankly, this country is very large and there are many different places an accused could hide there,” US Justice of the Peace Zia Faruqui said at the hearing.
The events that led to his arrest in Washington were not immediately clear. Camargo’s lawyer could not be reached for comment on Thursday, the outlet reported. He hadn’t pleaded yet.