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Florida man who took Pelosi’s lectern during Capitol riots released on $25G bond: report

Protesters enter the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Protesters enter the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Florida man who smiled, waved, and posed for pictures while taking Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern out of the House of Representatives during the riot at the Capitol last week was released Monday after posting $25,000 bond.

Adam Christian Johnson, 36, of Parrish, made his first appearance before a federal judge Monday afternoon at the Gibbons U.S. Courthouse in Tampa.

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The father of five was arrested Friday night on charges of government property theft, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and entering a restricted building without lawful authority, according to an arrest warrant.

Johnson has not yet entered a plea to the charges, which were filed in Washington. He has to surrender his passport, observe travel restrictions and adhere to a curfew of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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“This is a serious case,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Scruggs said at the hearing, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “Everyone involved in the storming of the Capitol last week needs to be held accountable for their actions, including Mr. Johnson.”

Johnson’s attorney did not immediately respond Monday to an email seeking comment.

The wooden lectern, valued at about $1,000, was later recovered undamaged in a hallway on the Senate side of the Capitol, according to the FBI.

Johnson has another court date Jan. 19 in Washington, where his case will be prosecuted.

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