FBI Atlanta arrests 18-year-old on charges connected to U.S. Capitol riots

MILTON, Ga. — A local 18-year-old has been arrested on charges related to the riots at the U.S. Capitol last month.

The FBI Atlanta confirmed to Channel 2 Action News that 18-year-old Bruno Cua of Milton was arrested. Agents and local authorities raided his home in Milton on Friday.

A spokesperson for the FBI Atlanta division said the Department of Justice is in charge of releasing details of Cua’s alleged involvement in the riots. The documents will be made available on the Department of Justice’s website but as of Sunday morning, they have not been posted.

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Channel 2′s Michael Seiden stopped by the Cua family’s home to get their side of the story but all lines were busy.

Authorities haven’t released details about his alleged role, but Channel 2 discovered several concerning posts from his Parler account in the days leading up to the attack on the Capitol,

Three days before on Jan. 3, Cua warned his followers about the possibility of firearm checkpoints in D.C. He also encourages them to arm themselves with pepper spray, tasers and baseball bats.

Cua ends his post by urging his followers to “show up and be ready to fight! telling them that this really is our 1776.”

There was also a recent incident with Cua at Birmingham Falls Elementary. According to the Milton Herald newspaper, police responded to the school on Dec. 8 after getting reports of Cua speeding in the school parking lot with a large Trump flag blowing in the wind and blaring his horn while kids were in the area.

When police questioned him, Cua told police the kids were his younger brother and his friends who gathered to watch him fly his flag.

Officers eventually cited him for violating the city’s disturbance ordinance.

Seiden reached out to the suspect’s mother for comment and she declined to comment instead she texted me her son’s attorneys number. The family his hired Atlanta based attorney Molly Parmer.

Parmer declined to comment and told me they don’t plan to make any comment this weekend. Right now it’s unclear if she’s even seen the criminal complaint against her client .

Cua is at least the sixth arrest in the Capitol riots with a connection to Georgia.

Cleveland Grover Meredith, originally of Hiawassee, has been charged with threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in text messages he sent after the attack. Federal charging documents show that he texted he was thinking about “putting a bullet in (Pelosi’s) noggin on live TV.”

Lisa Marie Eisenhart of Fannin County has been charged with conspiracy “with persons known and unknown,” after she was photographed with her son during the Jan. 6 attacks in Washington, D.C, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.

Her son, Eric Gavelek Munchel, who has since earned the nickname “Zip Tie Guy,” is charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

William McCall Calhoun, 57, of Americus, is charged with entering a restricted building or grounds, violent entry or disorderly conduct, and tampering with a witness, victim or informant.

Michael Shane Daughtry, 58, of Pelham, is charged federally with a misdemeanor, entering a restricted building or grounds.


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