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Tampa Bay area Trump supporters connected to U.S. Capitol riot

Posted at 10:39 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 02:48:37-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Haunting images gave us an inside look at Wednesday’s violent riot by supporters of President Trump.

A now-viral picture captured by Getty Images shows a local father smiling for the camera as he hauls away what appears to be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's lectern.

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“I hope he’s held accountable,” Alex Noon said. “But I hope he more than that just realizes how his actions looked to other people as opposed to how he perceived what he was doing.”

Noon says she attended the same church as the man now identified by the Bradenton Herald as Adam Johnson of Parrish.

Noon tells ABC Action News she deleted Johnson as a friend on Facebook after repeatedly posting falsehoods about last summer’s protests.

“The ironic thing was that before the election he was posting stuff about like ‘if our side loses you won’t see us rioting and burning down cities,’” Noon said. “Then he turned around and did exactly what he said he wasn’t going to do.”

No one answered the door of his home in Parrish when reporter Ryan Smith stopped by Thursday. It also appears someone stripped the numeric address off the house.

Johnson isn’t the only Tampa Bay area man connected to Wednesday’s riots at the Capitol.

U.S. Capitol Police reported at least three Florida men were arrested on Wednesday, including Matthew Council, of Riverview, for unlawful entry, which is a federal charge.

Governor Ron DeSantis issued a call for accountability in Bradenton Thursday.

“Those folks need to be held accountable,” DeSantis said. “And it doesn’t matter what banner you’re flying under. The violence is wrong, the rioting and the disorder is wrong, we’re not going to tolerate it in Florida.”