Nick Alvear biography: 13 things about US Capitol riot suspect dubbed the Doobie Smoker

Eduardo Nicolas Alvear Gonzalez (©Western Tidewater Regional Jail)

Eduardo Nicolas Alvear Gonzalez (©Western Tidewater Regional Jail)

Eduardo Nicolas Alvear Gonzalez has lived in different parts of the United States including California and Virginia. He also goes by the names Nick Alvear and Lion Nick.

Alvear is an information technology expert. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lived in Ventura, California. (a)
  2. In 2006, he graduated from Foothill Technology High School in Ventura. He attended Ventura County Community College District in Ventura and Antioch University Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California. He studied computer network engineering at Santa Barbara City College in Santa Barbara. (b)
  3. From September 2007 to August 2010, he was a barista at Java Joes in Whitefish, Montana, USA. (b)
  4. From January 2008 to December 2014, he was a freelance video producer at Torus Digital Cinema. (b)
  5. From April 2012 to April 2013, he was a sales specialist at Apple in Cupertino, California. (b)
  6. From April 2015 to April 2016, he was a lead technician and a manager at Mick’s Macs. (b)
  7. In May 2016, he started working as a professional services engineer and monitoring support at Curvature in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. He became a network sales engineer in May 2017 and left the company in October 2017. (b)
  8. From September 2017 to March 2020, he became an IT support specialist II and a desktop systems specialist II at Procore Technologies in Carpinteria, California. (b)
  9. In May 2020, he became the chief executive officer of Good Lion Films. (b)
  10. For the month of January 2021, he rented a place in Alexandria, Virginia through Airbnb. Wearing an olive-colored sun hat, an olive-colored long-sleeve shirt and American flag-patterned pants while carrying a light green backpack and a black fanny pack, 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. Holding a self-rolled cigarette in his hand during the riot, he said, “It’s time to smoke weed in here.” It earned him the name the Doobie Smoker. (a)
  11. On January 7, 2021, he live streamed a Zoom video for more than one hour. He narrated photos and videos taken in the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021. He said he went there to “take our country back.” (a)
  12. He was scheduled to fly back from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia to Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California on February 1, 2021. (a) (c)
  13. He was 32 years old when he was arrested on February 9, 2021 by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at an apartment in Virginia Beach, Virginia. For his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct. He is being held at Western Tidewater Regional Jail in Suffolk, Virginia. He is scheduled to appear remotely at a detention hearing in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Virginia on February 12, 2021. (a)


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


If you have information about someone who participated in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, call 1-800-CALL-FBI. You may also submit relevant photos and videos to the FBI.

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