Maine man arrested in connection with riot at US Capitol
FILE - In this Jan. 6. 2021, file photo, people storm the Capitol in Washington. A blistering internal report by the U.S. Capitol Police describes a multitude of missteps that left the force unprepared for the Jan. 6 insurrection — riot shields that shattered upon impact, expired weapons that couldn’t be used, inadequate training and an intelligence division that had few set standards. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

LEBANON (WGME) – A man from Lebanon has been arrested for his role in the Capitol riots.

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The FBI says 37-year-old Kyle Fitzsimmons of Lebanon was arrested Thursday for taking part in the Capitol riots.

Photos released by the FBI show Fitzsimmons at the riots. In some, he's covered in blood from his clashes with the police.

CBS13 attempted to contact Fitzsimmons at his home Thursday, but no one answered.

However, he shared his own personal testimony of what happened in D.C. during an open Lebanon board of selectmen meeting, just a day after the protest.

"I travelled down to D.C. to partake in the march through the city of America," Fitzsimons said.

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In his seven-minute retelling of what happened, he told the selectmen he was there for peace.

In their complaint, the FBI shows screenshots of Fitzsimons allegedly lowering his shoulder and charging at police officers, getting hit by their batons and swinging at officers.

"To be honest with you, if it was going to be the last day of the republic, I wanted to live it like I lived it every day," Fitzsimons said.

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Now he’s charged with four federal offenses, including assaulting a federal officer. Fitzsimons called the violence a "set up."

  • 18 U.S.C. 1752 (a)(4) – Knowingly Entering or Remaining in Any Restricted Building or Grounds without Lawful Authority
  • 40 U.S.C. 5104 (e)(2)(F) – Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds
  • 18 U.S.C. 111 (a)(1) – Assault on a Federal Officer
  • 18 U.S.C. 231 (a)(3) – Certain Acts During a Civil Disorder

"This is a great game being played, and I know for a fact, that I was a pawn," Fitzsimons said.

When he was done, the chairman of the Lebanon appeals board thanked him. 

The FBI complaint also shows Fitzsimons dressed as a butcher, wearing a white coat with the name "Kyle" on it.

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