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Naples man among those arrested in Washington D.C. after violent Capitol siege

Jake Allen
Naples Daily News

A Naples man was one of dozens of people arrested Wednesday in Washington, D.C., after thousands of rioters overwhelmed police and breached the U.S. Capitol.  

The rioters infiltrated the Capitol as the nation’s lawmakers were affirming President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory. D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee said the chaotic day included at least 68 arrests, 41 of them on Capitol grounds.  

Michael Amos, 38, of Naples, was among those arrested, according to court records from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.   

Amos was charged with unlawful entry of public property. He was arrested at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at Peace Circle, according to an affidavit.  

Peace Circle is a traffic circle, on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, which is constructed around the Peace Monument.  

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The Peace Monument, also known as the Naval Monument or Civil War Sailors Monument, is a 44-foot high white marble memorial to commemorate the naval deaths at sea during the American Civil War, according to the Library of Congress.  

Amos was arrested because he entered Capitol grounds against the will of the U.S. Capitol Police, according to a court document.  

He pleaded not guilty to the unlawful entry of public property charge during an arraignment on Thursday, according to court records.  

Amos could not be reached for comment for this story. He is being represented by Washington, D.C. attorney Carl Messineo. When reached, Messineo declined to comment for this story.  

Before the Capitol was breached, thousands of rioters gathered at the National Mall to protest the election results Wednesday. At a campaign-style rally about an hour before the mob broke through police lines at the Capitol, Trump urged them to go to the building. 

Congressional proceedings were suspended after the rioters gained access to the building and lawmakers had to put on hold the certification of the Electoral College votes.  

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Lawmakers rushed into hiding as rioters took control of the presiding officer’s chair in the Senate and the offices of the House speaker. Finally, heavily armed officers fired tear gas in the hallowed halls of government to drive the insurgents out, combing the halls for stragglers. 

The effort to identify more culprits was underway. Contee was making photos available on the police website and other police organizations. The FBI said it was "seeking information that will assist in identifying individuals who are actively instigating violence in Washington, D.C." 

The agency said it was looking for tips and recordings depicting the rioting and violence. 

"If you have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant at fbi.gov/USCapitol," the agency said.