A Capitol Hill rioter accused of destroying media material was arrested Monday in Austin, Texas, after being identified through YouTube videos.
Zvonimir Joseph Jurlina has been charged with destroying property in a special jurisdiction and aiding and abetting, as well as committing an act of physical violence on the Capitol grounds, according to an affidavit released by the prosecutor’s office American District of Columbia.
Prosecutors allege Jurlina was part of a mob that assaulted a media staging area shortly before 5 p.m. on January 6. Members of the press were forced to flee as large crowds passed metal barricades and began destroying cameras, tripods, blinds and other broadcasting equipment.
“Many members of the crowd shouted inflammatory rhetoric against members of the media,” the affidavit read.
A member of the press said his news agency destroyed between $ 30,000 and $ 40,000 in equipment, according to the affidavit.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released photographs of the onstage assault to the media and asked for the public’s help in identifying those involved.
FBI agents identified Jurlina from a series of 12 live streamed videos he posted to YouTube from the United States Capitol on January 6.
Jurlina allegedly kicked or stepped on equipment and helped set it on fire, according to the affidavit. Prosecutors also accuse Jurlina of having verbally encouraged the theft of media tools abandoned by the press and of having taken a microphone as a “souvenir”.
In an investigators video found on YouTube, Jurlina was reportedly recorded saying, “Yo guys, we have … this is our fuckin ‘shit” as participants in the media scene attack been seen trampling a camera.
Later in the video, prosecutors said Jurlina could be overheard saying, “This is reporter Zykotik coming to see you live. We are, haha. This is the real news media network. We’ve taken over. She’s America’s mother. First. That’s how we do it.
More than 500 people have been arrested to date in connection with the Capitol uprising, Attorney General Merrick Garland said last week. Garland said the count of arrests included 100 people who were charged with assaulting a federal law enforcement officer.
“Our efforts to lay criminal charges are not possible without the continued help of the American public,” Garland said in a statement. “To date, we have received over 200,000 digital tips.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said his agency still had hundreds of investigations underway and was considering several serious charges.
“This is far from over,” Wray told lawmakers during a hearing on Capitol Hill on June 23.
Jurlina’s lawyer is not on the affidavit. News week contacted the Justice Department for further information, but did not receive a response until publication.