Bruno Joseph Cua, 18, of Milton, Fulton County, Georgia, United States is still in the Grady County Jail in Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma, USA. He is currently the youngest person arrested in connection with the riot in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021.
On March 6, 2021, Cua tested positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19), according to his defense attorney William Zapf. The lawyer said his client has largely been in solitary confinement in the Grady County Jail since his arrest on February 5, 2021.
“Mr. Cua was assaulted and then threatened by a fellow inmate over this past weekend,” NBC News quoted Zapf as saying. “We understand that the inmate struck Mr. Cua in the face with his open hand, injuring his nose, over the use of the phone, and then threatened him regarding the incident.”
On December 8, 2020, Cua was cited for violating Milton’s public disturbance ordinance after driving around the parking lot of Birmingham Falls Elementary in Milton while blaring an air horn with a giant Donald Trump flag attached to his truck. The teenager told police that the children watching him at the time were his younger brother and his friends, Milton Herald reported.
For participating in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, Cua was charged with assault on a federal officer, civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, restricted building or grounds, entering or remaining on the floor or gallery of either House of Congress, violent entry or disorderly conduct, engaging in physical violence, obstructing or impeding passage and parading, demonstrating or picketing on U.S. Capitol grounds. He has pleaded not guilty.
“I would like to strongly assure you that I am not a danger to anyone, and I will absolutely never act on what I said,” Cua wrote in a letter to Judge Randolph Moss obtained by Business Insider. “I have yearned to speak with you, to truthfully apoloigize [sic] and show you my forever changed heart.”
“I will never be the same person, jail has had its full effect me, I am completely humbled, deeply remoursefull [sic] and regretful!” Bruno continued. “After all, that’s what jail is for right? Teaching people a lesson? Lesson fully received, your Honor.”
Filed on March 4, 2021, the letter was written after Cua spent more than two weeks in isolation. He noted that he had never been away from his parents Joseph Cua and Alice Cua for this length of time.
“I have completely lost those aggressive feelings and moved on from the entire politcal [sic] idea,” Bruno wrote. “I was wrong.”