Jefferson man latest Georgian charged in attack on U.S. Capitol

ATLANTA — A Jefferson man has been arrested by the FBI for his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building.

FBI agents said they received a tip the day after the attacks that Glen Mitchell Simon was parts of the siege. Agents tied him to the attacks through posts on a Facebook page.

Investigators said in a video posted to his Facebook page, Simon said, “We weren’t invited, we broke in here,” as he was walking through the Capitol Building.

Another Facebook post showed a picture of Simon on the steps of the Capitol with his arm around another person wearing an eagle mask. The caption on the post read, “Feel like I took about 50 bong rips of pepper spray today. Post victory picture after the ramming through the (capitol) building.”

The FBI said agents from the Atlanta Field Office contacted Simon over the phone after going to his home.

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“When asked, Simon confirmed that he used the Facebook account, ‘Mitch Simon.” Simon admitted he was the individual standing on the steps of the United States Capitol,” a federal affidavit said. “Simon denied entering the Capitol building and claimed it took him hours to reach the Capitol steps, where the picture was taken. SIMON denied taking any photographs or video in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021.”

Agents said they used that Facebook image to match surveillance video from the Capitol Building showing Simon inside walking inside.

“Once inside the Capitol, video surveillance footage shows Simon walking toward the Crypt. Additional footage shows Simon inside the Statuary Hall at 2:36 p.m., and inside the Rotunda at 2:56 p.m.,” the affidavit said.

Simon has been charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Simon has been ordered to appear in district court in Washington, D.C., on May 12. He is currently out on $10,000 bond.

As a condition of his bond, Simon is not allowed to go to Washington, D.C., other than to appear in court there.

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