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Georgia Teen Arrested On Charges Of Breaching Senate During Capitol Insurrection
One of the youngest people arrested and charged in connection with a violent mob attack on the U.S. Capitol last month is an 18-year-old Milton resident, according to federal court documents released Monday.
According to court records, Bruno Cua allegedly made it all the way to the floor of the U.S. Senate and is accused of getting into a physical altercation with United States Capitol Police while holding a baton on his way into the chamber.
Cua, a pro-Trump teen who received a citation from Milton police for violating a public disturbance ordinance for flying a giant Trump flag through a school parking lot, was arrested Feb. 5.
Two days after the insurrection attempt, the GBI received tips about Cua's involvement, a Milton police officer flagged Cua after a presentation of potential suspects on Jan. 11 and the sealed complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Jan. 29.
Cua posted regularly on a number of social media accounts, including Instagram, TikTok and Parler, but most posts have been deleted. Archived messages from Parler show that Cua, posting under the handle "PatriotBruno," made several references to former President Trump and calls to action on Jan. 6.
"President Trump is calling us to FIGHT!" one post read. "It's time to take our freedom back the old fashioned way."
Another post accompanied a screenshot of Trump's Twitter account that said "See you in Washington, DC, on Janaury 6th. Don't miss it. Information to follow!" and implored followers to "be there" and said "this is where and when we make our stand."
A screenshot from Cua's Instagram showed a story that said "Yes, for everyone asking I stormed the capital with hundreds of thousands of patriots... yes, we physically fought our way in."
The FBI also said it identified Cua from a New Yorker video that allegedly shows the teen on the Senate floor, stating "They can steal an election, but we can't sit in their chairs?" after a retired Air Force veteran told another rioter to leave a seat that was occupied by Vice President Mike Pence just minutes before.
According to the complaint, Cua has been charged with a number of crimes, including assaulting a Capitol Police officer, obstructing Congressional proceedings and engaging "in an act of physical violence in the Grounds or any of the Capitol Buildings."