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Samuel Lazar biography: 13 things about US Capitol riot suspect from Ephrata, Pennsylvania

Samuel Lazar, Doug Mastriano
Samuel Lazar, Doug Mastriano

Samuel A. Lazar is a resident of Pennsylvania, United States. One of his brothers is a military veteran.

Lazar is a self-described entrepreneur. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lives in Ephrata, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Aside from Ephrata, he has lived in other parts of Pennsylvania including Lansford, Highspire, Lititz, Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Lebanon and Dauphin. (a) (b)
  2. He has lived in different parts of New York, USA including Ridgewood and Maspeth and in different parts of Arizona, USA including Phoenix and Peoria. (b) (c)
  3. He previously lived in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, USA and in Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA. (b) (c)
  4. On November 25, 2020, he and Doug Mastriano, a Republican member of the Pennsylvania Senate from the 33rd district, were photographed together during the U.S. Senate hearing in Gettysburg. Mastriano later denied knowing who he was. (d)
  5. Wearing a camouflaged tactical vest, black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, protective goggles and camouflage face paint, he went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021. He was accompanied by his sister. 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. During the riot, he was caught on camera pepper-spraying police and encouraging violence. (a) (d) (e)
  6. For his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he was charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder and knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and engaging in physical violence in a restricting building or grounds. (d)
  7. In April 2021, he was included in the Federal Bureau of Investigation‘s most wanted list. (d)
  8. On March 2, 2021, a tipster who claimed to have known him for 28 years pointed investigators to his Facebook page, where he chronicled his activities during the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. (f)
  9. On June 5, 2021, he attended a Reopen Pennsylvania rally in Pittsburgh. Mastriano was photographed in proximity to him during the event. (d)
  10. An FBI special agent filed a criminal complaint, which was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui on July 21, 2021. (f)
  11. On July 26, 2021, he was arrested in Pennsylvania. Prior to his arrest, online sleuths called him the Face Paint Blowhard. (a) (d)
  12. He was 35 years old when he was arrested on July 26, 2021. (a)
  13. On July 27, 2021, he made his initial court appearance in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He said he intended to dispute the charges related to the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021 and agreed to remain in custody until a hearing can be held in Washington, D.C. on whether he should be released pending trial. (a) (d)

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

SOURCES:

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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