FBI arrests LA actor and Republican Party official for alleged involvement in January 6 riots

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 19: Siaka Massaquoi is seen during Pro-Trump Rally in West Hollywood on September 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by fupp/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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FBI arrests LA actor and Republican Party official for alleged involvement in January 6 riots

California politics, homepage news

Alexandra E. Petri

Dec. 4, 2023

An executive board member of the Los Angeles County Republican Party was arrested on charges of entering the U.S. Capitol during the riot on January 6, 2021, according to news reports and party officials.

Siaka Massaquoi, LA County First Vice President

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was arrested Thursday by FBI agents at a Los Angeles airport, reported Red State, a conservative news media outlet

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Massaquoi is a columnist. Massaquoi reportedly returned with his wife from Nashville, where the couple attended the premiere of the Daily Wire’s new film “Lady Ballers,” a controversial comedy mocking transgender athletes.

Massaquoi was taken into custody on misdemeanor charges including trespassing, disorderly conduct and parading or demonstrating in a Capitol building, and he was held in jail overnight and released Friday on $1,000 bail, Red State reported.

A spokesperson for the LA County Republican Party confirmed the arrest and said more information would be provided later.

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In a post Saturday on the social media platform

formerly Twitter,

Massaquoi shared a video clip of a livestream from the Capitol on January 6, writing: “Witness to why I was robbed two years ago and recently arrested and charged almost three years later on November 30, 2023.”

Authorities raided Massaquoi’s North Hollywood home in June 2021 over his associations with a social media app, a law enforcement source said at the time. Massaquoi posted an Instagram video after the raid saying, “I didn’t do anything wrong on the 6th… didn’t do anything violent.

The 71-second video shared by Massaquoi on Saturday appears to show him holding up his phone to record or stream video among a dozen protesters, some with their faces covered or wearing Trump 2020 hats, pressing the threshold of a door to the Capitol. Dozens of Capitol Police officers, many in riot gear, fill the hallway and appear to try to get Trump supporters out of the building. Some people in the video say they are “trying” to leave but are stopped by the crowds.

Massaquoi did not respond to The Times’ requests for comment.

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Commenting to Red State, Massaquoi said he was “grateful to Jesus for being with me and my family during this incredible event.”

“Charlotte and I are so grateful for all the love and support we have received so far and know that by God’s grace we will get through this. Thank you for your prayers and support,” Massaquoi said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is prosecuting the case. The office did not immediately return requests for comment.

Massaquoi, an actor whose IMDb credits include clips from shows like Fox’s Lethal Weapon, also filmed himself at a protest closing the COVID-19 vaccination site at Dodger Stadium in January 2021.

Times staff writer Richard Winton contributed to this report.


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