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Man arrested in Orlando accused of assaulting Capitol officer during a riot

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ORLANDO, Fla. – A 10 count charge accuses a man arrested in Orlando of assaulting a Capitol police officer during the Washington, DC uprising on January 6th.

Jonathan Munafo appeared in federal court in downtown Orlando on Friday morning, preparing for a preliminary hearing to learn what allegations the government had made against him.

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Instead, a federal judge told Munafo that a federal grand jury had passed the charges, making the hearing unnecessary.

According to federal documents, Munafo was once known as BOLO Subject 170 on the FBI website to track down topics sought in connection with the January 6 riot.

In one video, a man identified as Munafo by investigators is seen hitting a Capitol police officer twice in the head and body, pulling off the officer’s shield, and passing it on to others in the crowd behind him.

Investigators also allege Munafo was seen on surveillance footage showing a man with a Gadsden flag trying to break windows of the Capitol Building with the flagpole.

FBI agents said they met with a man who had been friends with Munafo for 20 years and that he identified the man in the video and pictures.

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