Indiana man pleads guilty to carrying loaded gun and assaulting law enforcement officers during Capitol breach
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Indiana man pleads guilty to carrying loaded gun and assaulting law enforcement officers during Capitol breach

An Indiana man pleaded guilty Friday to “carrying a loaded gun on Capitol grounds and assaulting law enforcement officers” during the January 6, 2021 US Capitol breach. He originally faced 13 charges relating to his involvement in the riot.

The US Department of Justice announced that Mark Andrew Mazza “pleaded guilty in the District of Columbia to assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers with a dangerous weapon and carrying a pistol without a license.”

Court documents state that Mazza brought a loaded Taurus revolver from Indiana into Washington, D.C., which he first carried to the Ellipse, and then to the Capitol. However, “[s]ometime on U.S. Capitol grounds before 2:45 p.m., Mazza lost possession of the revolver.” Afterwards, he illegally made his way into the Capitol, where “[h]e joined in a collective effort of rioters to push through at least 20 officers who were defending the tunnel entrance.” Additionally, he held open one of the doors, which “allowed other rioters to attack officers with flag poles, batons, sticks and stolen law enforcement shields, and try force their way through the line of officers.” Mazza also “took control of a baton from an officer’s hand and swung it overhead and downward to strike at officers in the tunnel entrance, hitting one officer in the arm.” After this, “he continued his efforts to get past law enforcement officers[.]” Mazza stayed on the Capitol grounds until law enforcement officers deployed “flash bang grenades […] later that afternoon.”

Two days after the Capitol riot, Mazza “filed a false police report in Indiana in which he claimed to have lost his gun at an Ohio casino.” He was arrested in Indiana on November 17 and is one of many individuals charged for their actions relating to the Capitol breach. His sentencing date is set for September 30.