By Kevin Deutsch
A Coral Springs man has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from his participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, with the next court date in his case scheduled for July, federal court records show.
Felipe Marquez, 25, is charged with Obstruction of an Official Proceeding and Aiding and Abetting; Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds; Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds; Entering and Remaining in Certain Rooms in the Capitol Building; and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building, the records show.
Following the deadly violence at the U.S. Capitol, a tipster who knew Marquez sent the FBI a four-minute-twenty-second long screen recording from Marquez’s Snapchat videos, which showed him participating in the unrest, according to the FBI.
The earliest footage appears to show Marquez driving from Florida to Washington, D.C. in his Tesla Model 3, wearing a red “Keep America Great” hat, according to arrest records.
Marquez then attended a large rally before illegally walking around inside the Capitol Building during the insurrection, recording himself while inside a “hideaway” office of Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley (D), according to the FBI.
“The artwork visible on the walls of the conference room in Marquez’s Snapchat video is also visible on a video that Senator Merkley posted to Twitter on January 6, 2021, at 11:36 pm, documenting some of the damage to his office,” an FBI special agent in the bureau’s Washington Field Office wrote in an arrest affidavit.
The FBI also made public a photo of Marquez, taken from one of his videos.
The accused could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.
The Jan. 6 insurrection occurred as elected members of the House of Representatives and Senate were meeting in separate chambers of the Capitol to certify the vote count of the Electoral College of the 2020 Presidential Election, which former President Donald Trump falsely claimed he won.
Crowds forced entry into the U.S. Capitol, breaking windows, assaulting members of the U.S. Capitol Police, entering congressional members’ offices, and damaging property, while others in the crowd encouraged and assisted those acts, according to the FBI.
Five people died during the insurrection, authorities said.
More than 500 people have been charged in connection with the event, including some in a wide-ranging conspiracy involving the Oath Keepers extremist group, prosecutors said.
Marquez is not accused in connection with that conspiracy,
A status conference in his case is scheduled for July 9, court records show.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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