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2 more Missouri men arrested for alleged participation in Capitol riot

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Posted at 3:27 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 16:27:42-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The FBI arrested a Springfield man on federal charges in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, one of two arrests made Friday in Missouri in connection with the violence last month in Washington.

Agents took Zachary John Wilson into custody without incident Friday morning, according to a statement from the FBI Kansas City Field Division.

Wilson was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building. He could face a fine and up to a year in prison if convicted of the misdemeanor charge.

According to a federal probable cause statement, Wilson boasted on Facebook about being among the “first ones in” when rioters overran Capitol police and stormed the building, where Congress had gathered to certify the electoral college result in President Joe Biden’s favor.

Wilson, who told investigators he entered Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office, replied that he “didn’t do anything wrong” to a comment on his post that he was lucky not to be in jail for participating in the riot.

Wilson has since “disabled or deactivated” his Facebook account, but a screenshot of the post was provided to the FBI as an anonymous tip.

Wilson wore a “Trump” stocking cap, red jacket and white facemask during the riot. He was identified as present inside the Capitol in surveillance video provided by the Capitol police, according to the FBI.

There have now been at least 12 people from Kansas or Missouri charged and arrested in connection with Capitol riot, including four from Springfield.

That includes a second arrest Friday in eastern Missouri, where federal officials charged a 28-year-old man with participating in the insurrection last month in Washington.

Nicholas Burton Reimler, of Cedar Hill, was charged with violent entry or disorderly conduct and entry to a restricted building or grounds. Both charges are misdemeanors that carry maximum sentences ranging from six months to a year behind bars.

Federal charging documents detailing the allegations against him were not immediately released.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Noelle Collins followed the recommendation of federal prosecutors and released Reimler on his own recognizance.

Reimler said his family was in the process of hiring an attorney for him.

The U.S. Department of Justice is posting federal charging documents in Capitol riot cases online.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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