Andrew James Williams was photographed inside the Capitol building during the failed insurrection attempt last week

By Ashley Boucher
January 12, 2021 08:16 PM
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Andrew James Williams
| Credit: Sanford Fire Department

A Florida firefighter and paramedic was arrested Tuesday after he was caught on videos taken during the failed insurrection attempt at the U.S. Capitol last week. 

Andrew James Williams was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, Spectrum News 13 reported.  

The D.C. U.S. Attorney's Office, which is prosecuting Williams, could not immediately be reached by PEOPLE Tuesday. It was not immediately clear if Williams has legal representation or if he has entered a plea at this time.

Williams was seen in photos and videos among the crowd that breached the Capitol building on Wednesday, sending members of Congress into lockdown and interrupting the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's win.

Congress reconvened hours later, after the Capitol was cleared, and completed the certification process.  

Andrew James Williams
| Credit: Sanford Fire Department

In one photo, Williams is seen standing below a sign for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He wore a Trump hat and did not have a protective covering over his face.

Williams has been placed on administrative leave during an investigation, Sanford Mayor Art Woodruff said in a statement

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"The City of Sanford is aware of the situation involving Sanford Firefighter/Paramedic Andrew Williams," Woodruff said in the statement, which is posted on the fire department's website. "At this time, we are following the investigative process. The administrative investigation will look into all aspects of the nature of the photograph and will address any City policy and/or law violations that could possibly arise throughout the investigation."

Pro-Trump rioters breach the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
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The rioting left five people dead, and the FBI has asked the public for help identifying people who participated in the violence. Several United States Capitol Police officers have been suspended for their behavior during the riot, Chief Yogananda Pittman said Monday, saying they "appear to be in violation of Department regulations and policies" in videos and other sources.

Law enforcement officials from the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have warned that rioters who entered the U.S. Capitol would be tracked down and charged.

"Regardless of if it was just a trespass in the Capitol or if someone planted a pipe bomb, you will be charged and you will be found," Michael Sherwin, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, said Tuesday.