Mark Steven Simon biography: 13 things about US Capitol riot suspect from Huntington Beach, California

Mark Steven Simon (©U.S. District Court)

Mark Steven Simon (©U.S. District Court)

Mark Steven Simon is a white man from California, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lives in Huntington Beach, Orange County, California. (a)
  2. He is known in Huntington Beach as a far-right activist. (a) (b)
  3. He has a lengthy criminal history involving driving under the influence and drug usage. He has been accused of methamphetamine and cocaine use. (c)
  4. In February 2019, he pleaded guilty to carrying a loaded unregistered gun in public. (c)
  5. In 2020, he and his live-in girlfriend Michelle Peterson attended a rally for a recall of 49th California governor Gavin Newsom. (a) (d)
  6. With Peterson, he went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021. That day, Donald Trump supporters breached the building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Joe Biden‘s victory in the 2020 presidential election. Peterson took a video of their participation in the riot. (a) (c) (d)
  7. After the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he said, “If the patriots wanted to get in there and cause damage or burn the Capitol down or get Congress or hurt anybody, they would have got hurt. They had full control of the place. Cops had no control throughout the day. We could have gone wherever we wanted at any time, and it was not done. They were restrained.” (e)
  8. A Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent filed a criminal complaint against him, which U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui signed on January 21, 2021. (a)
  9. At 6:00 a.m. on January 28, 2021, he was arrested in Huntington Beach. (a) (b)
  10. On the afternoon of January 28, 2021, he made his initial appearance in Santa Ana, Orange County and was released on $25,000 bond. (a) (b)
  11. He was 49 years old when he was arrested on January 28, 2021. (b)
  12. For his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he was charged with entering a restricted building or grounds and unlawful activities on U.S. Capitol grounds. (f)
  13. His next virtual hearing will be in federal court in Washington, D.C. on February 3, 2021. (c) (f)

(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)



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