A Kissimmee real estate agent, who said he is selling vacation homes near Walt Disney World, has been charged with breaking into the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, according to federal court documents released Tuesday.
Matthew Montalvo, 45, allegedly enters the Capitol at about 2:30 p.m. in a black coat and brown backpack amid a crowd of rioters trying to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory over then-President Donald Trump — an attack that left five dead Including a police officer in the Capitol.
Montalvo was arrested Tuesday in Kissimmee and faces federal charges for entering a restricted building; disorderly and disruptive behavior in a restricted building; disorganized behavior in the Capitol; And march, demonstrate or strike at the Capitol.
Federal authorities said surveillance footage and body camera video showed Montalvo walking the second floor of the Capitol for more than 25 minutes.
He was put under investigation after an FBI task force officer obtained cellular records from Verizon through a search warrant that recorded Montalvo using his phone from inside the Capitol during the mutiny.
Witness testimony also claims that Montalvo confessed to wandering around the US Capitol Others contested the results of the 2020 elections, according to court records.
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He’s the latest in a growing list of Central Florida suspects accused of storming the Capitol, including two former Central Florida police officers, a Sanford firefighter, a treasure coast charter boat captain, a Melbourne high school teacher and an Orlando actor who played Judas. On tour in the United States in the blockbuster “Jesus Christ Superstar” on Broadway.
According to online marketing materials, Montalvo specializes in selling second homes and vacation homes in upscale neighborhoods in Osceola County, such as Champions Gate and Reunion, as well as in Kissimmee and Davenport in Polk County.
His company Home Sales Near Disney listed him as an agent with international real estate firm La Rosa Realty, based in Celebration. His name is not currently on the company’s website.
Representatives of the Florida Real Estate Commission and the Florida Department of Professional and Commercial Regulations did not respond to an inquiry about whether or not it would suspend the Montalvo property license.
According to the FREC website, agents who have been or have been convicted of an offense in a jurisdiction relating to the licensee’s practice or ability to exercise it will serve as grounds for disciplinary action.
More than 780 people have been charged by federal prosecutors with involvement in the insurgency, with Florida leading the nation in the number of people arrested, according to the latest analysis of George Washington University’s Extremism Program.