Actor suspected of taking part in Capitol riot arrested in Burbank

An actor accused of being in the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol in January and explicitly addressing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on camera identified himself to a crowd on his way out of the restricted building, allowing investigators to track him down and arrest him in Burbank, federal officials said Friday, Aug. 13.

Michael Aaron Carico, 33, was taken into custody by federal agents on Wednesday, Aug. 11, according to a warrant issued for his arrest. He was seen in numerous photos and videos captured during the Jan. 6 riot in Washington D.C. states a criminal complaint filed in July.

Carico was wearing a camo pattern shirt and dark green baseball cap with the word “NAVY” written in black while holding a camera and standing in the Capitol Rotunda in images released by the Department of Justice. He was also seen climbing a media tower installed outside of the building ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration ceremony.

Footage obtained from a Google account associated with 33-year-old Michael Carico shows him climbing up a media tower outside of the Capitol Building on Jan. 6. The actor was accused of participating in the riot and was arrested in Burbank Wednesday, Aug. 11. (Photos courtesy of the Department of Justice)

An FBI informant was outside the Capitol building and among a crowd of people contesting the election of President Joe Biden as Carico was telling them he had just been inside, according to a federal agent’s sworn statement. A woman in the group asked for his Facebook account, and he replied “michaelaaroncarico.”

Investigators examined several videos showing Carico in the Capitol, according to court documents. They viewed his Instagram account and saw him in previous posts with what appeared to be the same camera, camo shirt and hat seen in footage of the Jan. 6 riot.

Federal agents obtained a warrant for data from a mobile device associated with Carico’s Google account, according to court documents. GPS tracking information placed him on Capitol grounds between 2:18 p.m. and 3:55 p.m. on Jan. 6.

A video retrieved from Carico’s Google account shows him and a man wearing a white hat as they climb the ladder of the media tower on the West Front Lawn of the Capitol. They are seen at the top of the structure in another 30-second clip while shouting, “The land of the free, and the home of the brave.”

“Hey Nancy,” Carico then says into the camera, apparently to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, after reciting the closing lines of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” “Go [expletive] yourself.”

U.S. prosecutors accused Carico of entering restricted grounds, disorderly conduct and picketing inside the Capitol building. He was arrested and held in lieu of $20,000 bail. He made his first court appearance Wednesday before Judge Jacqueline Chooljian at the Edward E. Roybal Federal building in Los Angeles.

Niether Carico nor the federal public defender assigned to represent him could be reached for comment.

Carico’s profession is listed as actor on his Facebook page. He is credited on for roles in several TV series, including “Hack my Life” and “The Inbetweeners,” as well as the movies “In Full Bloom” and “Alienated.”

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