NEW YORK (TBEN) – A man from Queens who could have been implicated in a new conspiracy against the United States Capitol is detained by the FBI.
His case is one of many investigations into local populations, including some believed to have participated in the deadly riot last week.
The NYPD told TBEN the Queens man had previously been on the department’s radar. He is now accused of making online threats about the Capitol.
He has been identified as Eduard Florea, 40, from Middle Village.
An exclusive photo shows Florea with his hands raised as he was arrested by the FBI outside his home on Tuesday. Neighbors said he entered an armored vehicle peacefully
“They got it. They put him against the car and made him walk, ”one person said.
LILY: The complaint against Florea (pdf)
The father of two has been charged with being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition. The FBI found more than 1,000 shotgun shells, two dozen shotgun shells, about 75 military-style combat knives, axes and swords, but no rifles. Florea was convicted in 2014 of illegal weapons, TBEN’s Alice Gainer reported.
The software engineer told the FBI that he was a supporter of the Proud Boys.
In denying bail, a Brooklyn federal court judge referred to online posts Florea posted during and before the Capitol Riot, saying it “reflected a premeditated plan to demand violence against him. people in New York and people in Washington against US senators ”.
The federal government said on Jan. 6 it posted on right-wing social media: “I’m going to reach out to the Patriots … so we can work out a game plan.” Here in New York, we are rich in targets … we have a group of guys all armed and ready to deploy.
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“They took him, his wife, two kids out and we saw guns come out and laptops,” neighbor Larry Gianbalvo told TBEN’s John Dias. “I am not an expert in weapons. They weren’t small. They were quite big.
Others who live in the area said they were baffled by what they saw.
“It’s a scary world out there,” one said.
“I think it’s a shame,” Mickey Eberlein added.
Residents speculated that police were watching Florea’s house for four days.
“A black SUV continued to circle the block,” one said.
And while no one answered the door to her basement apartment, Florea’s next door neighbors were at home. They said he had been a loner for four years, the family lived at the residence, adding that they had never seen a guest come.
“They are very calm. You won’t hear it. The children are not outside, ”said Amalia Gradwolj.
CRISIS IN THE CAPITOL
Florea joins a growing list of local residents who have been arrested for their role in the Capitol Riot or for planning future plots.
William Pepe, an employee of Metro-North, has been accused of knowingly entering a restricted-access building. He was photographed inside the United States Capitol during the riots.
The MTA is firing Pepe, a 31-year-old worker who was making $ 73,000 a year and using a sick day to attend the riots, reports Tony Aiello of TBEN.
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Aaron Mostofsky, the 34-year-old son of a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge, faces potential 10 years in prison after photos showed him on Capitol Hill with a police riot shield and bulletproof vest .
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Thomas Baranyi, a 28-year-old man from New Jersey who was seen standing next to a woman who died during the capture of the Capitol, appeared in Newark court on Wednesday. He is charged with disorderly conduct, Gainer reported.
Every day more people are located and charged, including Robert Keith Packer of Virginia, who was wearing a Camp Auschwitz shirt during the violent protest.
When it comes to making these arrests, TBEN News has learned that a recent FBI bulletin warns agencies to exercise caution and consider the use of SWAT, especially when warning view of people wearing body armor on Capitol Hill, using a photo as an example of the arsenal found in a suspect’s home.
The FBI is sending a strong message to those considering violence in the coming days.
“The FBI will find you, arrest you and do our part to make sure you face the full force of the federal criminal justice system,” Acting United States District Attorney Michael Sherwin said Tuesday. “It doesn’t matter if it’s an intrusion on the Capitol or if you planted a homemade bomb, you will be charged and you will be found.”
So far, over 100,000 digital tips have been sent to the FBI, and over 170 investigations are underway across the country, with 70+ arrests.
“Only the range of criminal cases and behavior that we look at is truly mind-boggling,” Sherwin said.
A leaflet is being circulated online and on the streets of New York City, calling for an armed march to all state capitals on Sunday, Dias reported.
“They openly advocate violence. This in itself is a crime, ”security expert and former FBI agent Manny Gomez told TBEN. “All local, municipal and federal law enforcement agencies should be ready and waiting, have a plan, and have leaders who will implement that plan.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo and state police have said there will be increased security in the state capital.
In Westchester and across the region, governments have been urged to step up security in office buildings and courthouses.
“We’re going to have to be more diligent about this. There are people out there, for whatever reason, who want to hurt other Americans, ”said Westchester County Director George Latimer.
Senator Chuck Schumer called on the FBI to add all those involved in the riot to the “no-fly” list. The FBI has said it is actively seeking to do so.
There are also new allegations that some members of Congress helped breach the Capitol.
“These members of Congress who had groups crossing the Capitol that I saw on January 5, recognition for the next day,” New Jersey. Said Representative Mikie Sherrill.
Sherrill and more than 30 members of Congress signed a letter requesting an investigation, saying the tours they saw were so suspicious and concerning that they were reported that day, Jan.5, to the Sergeant-at-Arms .
“This is unusual for several reasons, including the fact that access to the Capitol complex has been restricted since the end of public tours in March of last year due to the pandemic,” the letter said.
TBEN’s John Dias, Alice Gainer and Tony Aiello contributed to this report
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