Howard Berton Adams of Edgewater arrest in connection to Capitol riot

EDGEWATER — An Edgewater man was arrested this week on criminal charges stemming from the Jan. 6th riot on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, Washington, D.C. This week, an Edgewater man, Howard Berton Adams, 60, was arrested on charges stemming from the riot.

Howard Berton Adams Jr., 60, of 2003 Umbrella Tree Drive in Edgewater, 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 any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority; 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.

More:Capitol riot arrests: See who’s been charged across the U.S.

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.

The arrow points to Howard B. Adams, 60, of Edgewater, among those charged with participating in the Capitol riot. "This was not anything I had planned at all," Adams told the FBI.

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.”

Source: USA Today – Breaking News

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