EDGEWATER, Florida — A man was arrested this week on criminal charges stemming from the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
Howard Berton Adams Jr., 60, of Edgewater, Florida, near Daytona Beach was arrested Wednesday according to a federal arrest warrant issued by U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Adams faces charges of obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder; obstruction of justice/Congress; knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building; disorderly conduct in restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and parading or demonstrating in Capitol building.
According to the U.S. criminal code, the charges could result in up to 20 years in prison and fines.
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In court documents, the FBI stated that Adams violently entered a door in the Capitol Rotunda, screaming and brandishing a flagpole with a U.S. flag emblazoned with a coiled snake.
When the FBI met with Adams and his wife in a January interview, agents showed him a photo from an “Inside Edition” video, and Adams asked “Who is that?”
Court documents indicate one agent said: “It looks just like you; that’s why we’re here.”
According to the documents, Adams replied: “This was not anything I had planned at all. I went for a, to go hang out with the rest of the crowd, got up too close to the front, and wound up just, just getting caught up. I’ll be honest. I would never, I was actually even praying for some of the cops when I was in there. Um, so you already have the picture.”
The documents also state that when Adams’ wife asked to see the picture, she said: “Oh my gosh, you look angry,” to which Adams replied, “Hmm-m,” according to the FBI’s “Statement of Facts.” Later in the same interview, Adams apologized to the agents for asking, “Who is that?”
Adams was released on $25,000 unsecured bond on the conditions he surrender his passport and any firearms, and undergo pretrial supervision, a U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson told The Orlando Sentinel. The court also issued travel restrictions for Adams.
The News-Journal did not receive a reply when a reporter knocked on the door of the Adams home on Saturday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is prosecuting the cases of those arrested in connection with the riots. At least 20 people have been arrested in Florida for participating in the riot, including another Volusia County resident, Proud Boys organizer Joseph Biggs of Ormond Beach.
A Department of Justice affidavit cites a video, as well as other online photos and videos, that showed Biggs was part of the forced entry into the Capitol Building shortly after then-President Donald Trump addressed a large rally in Washington and inaccurately claimed that he beat Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
Trump also urged those at the rally to go to the Capitol Building, where Congress was in the process of certifying the Electoral College vote.
Five people, including a Capitol police officer, were killed in the riot.
Biggs faces three charges: obstructing, influencing or impeding a proceeding before Congress; entering restricted grounds without authority; and engaging in disorderly or disruptive activity.