Who is Dominic Pezzola (‘Spaz’)? Proud Boys’ member, Biography, Wiki
A member of the Proud Boys kept hundreds of guides for making bombs and homemade weapons in his home and planned ‘to kill every single ‘m**f**er’ he could during the Capitol riots, according to prosecutors.
Dominic Pezzola Age
He is 43 years old as of 2021.
What we Know about Proud Boys’ Member Dominic Pezzola (‘Spaz’)
Dominic Pezzola, 43, also known as ‘Spaz’, was indicted Friday on charges including conspiracy, civil disorder and unlawfully entering restricted buildings or grounds for his part in the January 6 insurrection which left five including a Capitol cop dead.
Prosecutors are calling for him to remain behind bars until his trial after federal agents discovered a thumb drive containing detailed instructions on making guns, poisons and IEDS inside a room that only he is said to use in his Rochester, New York, home.
Among the trove of instruction manuals were titles including: ‘Advanced Improvised Explosives,’ ‘Explosive Dusts,’ ‘Incendiaries,’ ‘The Box Tube MAC-11: The Ultimate DIY Machine Pistol,’ ‘Ragnar’s Big Book of Homemade Weapons,’ and ‘The Advanced Anarchist’s Arsenal: Recipes for Improvised Incendiaries and Explosives.’
Prosecutors also say a witness told authorities Pezzola was among a group of rioters armed with firearms or with access to firearms who said they ‘planned to kill every single ‘m**f**er’ they can.’
The witness also told the FBI that Pezzola and his group ‘would have killed Mike Pence if given the chance.’
The details surfaced in a pretrial detention memo where prosecutors are asking a judge to deny Pezzola bail, citing that he is a ‘serious danger to the community’.
Prosecutors say Proud Boys rioters showed ‘planning, determination, and coordination’ during the insurrection at the Capitol.
Pezzola was indicted alongside fellow Proud Boys member William Pepe, 31 who was also slapped with charges including conspiracy, civil disorder and unlawfully entering restricted buildings or grounds.
Pezzola was also hit with additional charges including obstruction of an official proceeding, robbery of personal property of the United States, and assaulting, resisting or impeding officers, the Justice Department said.
The latest charges came as Republicans demanded an end to the militarization of the Capitol complex more than three weeks on from the riots – and pushed back on Democrat calls to make security fences there permanent.
Prosecutors say Pezzola smashed a Capitol window that allowed the mob of rioters to storm the building on January 6.
He is accused of leading the Proud Boys in the attack, and was one of the first rioters to enter the Capitol by using a police shield to break a window, according to a prosecution court filing which cited social media posts.
‘Pezzola was not the only person trying to break windows and forcibly enter the Capitol at that time, but he appears… first to breach a window so successfully that he and other rioters could enter the Capitol through it,’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Erik Kenerson said.
‘The defendant’s actions show planning, determination, and coordination.’
Once inside the Capitol, Pezzola was among the mob that chased hero police officer Eugene Goodman up the stairs near the entrance to the Senate chamber, and smoked a cigar while bragging on video about the attack, prosecutors said.
Pezzola and Pepe are also accused of taking actions to ‘evade and render ineffective’ equipment deployed by Capitol Police during the chaos, including removing metal barricades and stealing police property.
Prosecutors claim Pezzola also ripped away an officer’s riot shield and was later seen on video that has been widely distributed, using it to smash a window.
In the aftermath of the riot, Pezzola allegedly tried to evade capture by shaving off his beard, turning off his phone so the location couldn’t be tracked and fleeing his home in New York state.
He finally turned himself in when the FBI visited his family, prosecutors said.
After his arrest, the FBI uncovered the trove of bomb-making instructions and plans.
A lawyer for Pezzola, Mike Scibetta, said in an email that, to his knowledge, the thumb drive was given to Pezzola, was never opened by him, and contained a ‘survivalist’ manual.
But prosecutors say Pezzola poses a ‘serious danger to the community and a serious risk of flight’.
‘The circumstances of the offenses charged in this case overwhelmingly support detention. The seriousness of the offenses with which the defendant is charged cannot be overstated.’
More than 135 people have been arrested so far in connection with the violent insurrection that left five people dead including a police officer.
Separately, the FBI on Friday said bombs found at the Capitol Hill headquarters of the Democratic and Republican National Committees were placed there the evening before the attack.
Washington D.C. has remained under tight security in the weeks after the violent siege, with thousands of National Guard troops patrolling the streets.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said lawmakers would also probably need more funding for security as the ‘the enemy is within’ the House.
She added: ‘We have members of Congress who want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress.’
It following a warning by the Department of Homeland Security of heightened threats towards Congress.
Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman on Thursday urged lawmakers to install a permanent perimeter fence around the Capitol in a proposal that drew criticism.