Inside the tunnel, Mazza held open a door against police officers as “other rioters used flag poles, batons, bastoni, and stolen law enforcement shields as weapons to strike at, colpire, and try to force their way through” the police line, the plea agreement states.
He then stole a police officer’s baton and used it against the officers guarding the tunnel entrance.
Mazza originally denied assaulting officers, even saying he assisted them out of the building, despite video footage of him swinging a baton in a battle with police. He drove home to Indiana after the riot with the stolen baton in his possession, secondo i pubblici ministeri.
Mazza was recorded in multiple videos saying, “We own this house!”
Federal investigators found Mazza after he falsely reported the weapon he brought to the riot was stolen on January 8, 2021, claiming it was taken from his car at an Ohio casino. He later told investigators he fabricated the claim because he feared member of Antifa might find the gun and his name was “all over it.”