As investigations into the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol continue, federal authorities have charged nearly 300 people suspected of taking part in the riot that resulted in the deaths of five people, including one Capitol police officer.
So far, at least 20 people who have been charged in connection with the siege live in Texas.
The suspects include a retired Air Force officer who prosecutors allege “meant to take hostages,” a former mayoral candidate, a right-wing media personality known as “Baked Alaska,” a realtor and conservative radio host, a San Antonio mortgage loan officer, among others.
While most are facing misdemeanor charges, some are facing more serious charges like assaulting a federal officer and making terroristic threats. This article will be updated as more arrests happen.
Larry Rendall Brock
Larry Rendall Brock, a retired Air Force officer who lives in the Dallas area, is charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct and entering a restricted building.
Brock was photographed in the Senate chamber with military-style gear and flex-cuffs in his hand.
His ex-wife called the FBI about him when she saw one of the photos, according to court documents.
Prosecutors allege he planned to take hostages during the siege. Although prosecutors argued against his release, Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton allowed Brock to be kept in home confinement under the condition that he surrender any firearms he owns and limited internet access.
Brock, 53, served four tours in Afghanistan, according to his attorney.
Prosecutors read Brock’s social media posts, where the veteran mentioned an impending civil war. They also cited a termination later from a former employer of Brock’s who said he has mentioned killing people of “a particular religion and or race.”
“It’s all talk. It’s all speculation and conjecture,” Brock’s attorney, Brook Antonio II, told the judge, noting that Brock was not violent and did not bring a firearm to the Capitol.
Nicholas DeCarlo, a 30-year-old man living in Burleson, was pictured at the Capitol wearing a shirt with a message that stood for “murder the media.” He also claimed to work for MT Media News, which stands for Murder the Media News.
He is charged with obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building and parading or demonstrating on Capitol grounds, according to a criminal complaint.
Jenny Cudd and Eliel Rosa
Jenny Cudd, a former mayoral candidate in Midland, livestreamed video from within the Capitol.
She and her friend, Eliel Rosa, are both charged with entering a restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct.
In her own Facebook video, Cudd said “We did break down the Nancy Pelosi’s office door and somebody stole her gavel and took a picture sitting in the chair flipping off the camera.”
Prosecutors allege Cudd also said “...f—k yes I’m proud of my actions, I f—king charged the Capitol today with patriots today. Hell, yes I am proud of my actions.”
Tim Gionet, the right-wing media personality better known as “Baked Alaska,” was arrested in Houston on charges of violent and disorderly conduct and entering a restricted building.
Gionet livestreamed from the inside the Capitol for roughly 30 minutes, according to federal prosecutors.
“We are in the Capitol Building, 1776 will commence again,” Gionet could be heard saying.
Video also showed Gionet shouting at a police officer.
“You’re a f—king oathbreaker,” he told one officer, according to the court documents. “You broke your oath to the Constitution.”
Gionet told Business Insider in 2017 he was given the nickname “Baked Alaska” because he was raised in Alaska and that he smoked marijuana at the time.
Daniel Goodwyn, a self-described Proud Boys member from Denton County, was identified by authorities as one of people who stormed the Capitol.
Goodwyn was identified through Gionet’s livestream during the riot, according to court records.L
Later, Goodwyn referenced his own involvement in an Instagram post. “I didn’t break or take anything, but I went inside for a couple of minutes,” he wrote, according to the affidavit. Though he was arrested in Texas, records show he currently lives in San Francisco.
He’s charged with violent entry and knowingly entering a restricted building.
Matthew Carl Mazzocco
A San Antonio loan officer, Matthew Carl Mazzocco, was arrested Sunday without incident, according to the FBI.
Mazzocco, who was identified on social media shortly after the insurrection, is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
The 37-year-old loan officer was fired from his job.
Jenna Ryan, a Dallas-area real estate agent and conservative radio show host, was charged with disorderly conduct and knowingly entering a restricted area.
According to court documents, Ryan flew to Washington D.C. on a private plane before she livestreamed herself storming the Capitol. The majority of the evidence used by prosecutors to charge Ryan came from her own social media posts.
With criminal charges now looming against her, Ryan has asked President Donald Trump for a pardon.
“I, personally, feel innocent in everything that I have done,” she said. “I feel like I was perfectly within my rights. I feel like the police officers were ushering people into the Capitol,” she told NBC News. “There were thousands of people there. I have no guilt in my heart.”
Chance and James Uptmore
Two men from San Antonio — Chance Uptmore and his father, James Uptmore — were arrested after they were seen in photographs broadcast on media outlets.
In a Facebook comment, Chance Uptmore indicated he was inside the building and said police officers thanked the rioters.
“When a painting was grabbed off the wall we helped the cops recover it,” he posted in a comment, court records state. “The cops were saying stuff like ‘we stand with you’ ‘thanks for being here’ ‘you made your point now leave calmly’ I have it all on tape.”
He told agents he was in the crowd because “It was a once in a lifetime event,” according to court records.
The men are charged with knowingly entering a restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct.
One Texan accused of storming forcing his way into the Capitol is Christopher Ray Grider, a vineyard owner in Bruceville-Eddy.
Grider was identified after giving an interview to KWTX, where he talked about witnessing the death of Ashli Babbitt, according to court records.
Grider was also captured in other livestreams broadcast by other people in the mob. Prosecutors say the footage shows Grider breaking the glass that Babbitt attempted to jump through in an attempt to breach the Capitol.
Grider’s attorney has maintained the man is not a danger to the community and should be released on bail.
Daniel Page Adams
Daniel Page Adams is accused of assaulting a federal officer, obstructing law enforcement, entering a restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct.
Adams was arrested in East Texas while his cousin, Cody Page Carter Connell, was taken into custody over the same charges in Louisiana.
The cousins recorded videos and took photos throughout the riot, according to court documents.
Adams could be seen on cell phone video shoving officers and breaking police lines as he surged his way forward, prosecutors allege.
Troy Anthony Smocks
Troy Anthony Smocks, 58, is charged with transmitting threats in interstate commerce in connection with the FBI’s investigation into the insurrection.
Prosecutors believe Smocks was in the Washington D.C. area for the rally.
While Smocks may not be charged with entering the Capitol, prosecutors said he made threats on his Parler account, alleging that “he and others would return to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 19, 2021, carrying weapons and massing in numbers so large that no army could match them.”
The threats were viewed tens of thousands of times on the social media site before it was shut down.
Guy Reffitt, who lives in a small suburb northeast of Dallas, is charged with obstruction of justice and unlawful entry.
Video of Reffitt at the Capitol was broadcast on Fox News, according to federal court documents.
Following the siege, Reffitt threatened his wife and children if they notified authorities of his participation in the insurrection.
Reffitt has links to extremist militia groups like the Texas Freedom Force and the Three Percenters, according to court documents.
Tam Dinh Pham
In Houston, police officer Tam Dinh Pham resigned from the department shortly after he was caught on camera storming the Capitol with other Trump supporters. On Tuesday, Pham was charged with unlawful entry and disorderly conduct.
Pham initially denied entering the Capitol and told agents he was in Washington D.C. for his wife’s business trip. Federal officials later found photos of Pham standing in the Capitol rotunda in the deleted photos section of his phone, according to court documents.
Pham expressed regret for his behavior in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, telling them, “I shouldn’t have done it.”
Garrett Miller, of Richardson, is charged with entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct, obstructing an official proceeding and making threats, court records show.
Miller tweeted “Assassinate AOC,” referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and was pictured inside the Capitol Rotunda.
“Bro you got in?! Nice,” one Facebook commenter wrote on Miller’s posts about the insurrection.
“Just wanted to incriminate myself a little lol,” Miller replied, according to court documents.
Nolan Cooke, a 22-year-old man from North Texas, was charged after his own social media posts tied him to the insurrection. Hie is charged with civil disorder, entering a restricted building and unlawful activities on Capitol grounds.
Cooke was allegedly identified by tipsters, who saw his posts of the insurrection on Snapchat and TikTok.
Cooke denied entering the building, but told investigators he was at the rally “because he wanted to be heard,” according to court records. He did admit to investigators that he banged on a window of the Capitol with a flag pole.
Daniel Phipps, who lives in Garland, was arrested in Corpus Christi for his alleged role in the insurrection. He is charged with violent entry and knowingly entering a restricted building.
Days after the insurrection, Phipps posted a photo showing him in the Capitol with a flag draped over his shoulder, according to court documents.
In another social media post, Phipps wrote: “I went to DC. I helped take the Hill.”
Ryan Taylor Nichols and Alex Kirk Harkrider
Ryan Taylor Nichols and Alex Kirk Harkrider “were planning a civil war,” according to their own social media posts.
Nichols, a 30-year-old man from Longview, and Harkrider, a 32-year-old man from Carthage, are charged with conspiracy and unlawful entry with a dangerous weapon, violent entry, civil disorder, assaulting a federal officer using a deadly weapon and aiding and abetting.
The two posted photos of themselves from the Capitol, according to federal documents.
“In front of Nancy Pelosi’s smashed office at the Capital (sic) Building! We ain’t done yet! We just got started,” Nichols posted on his Facebook, tagging Harkrider in the photo.
Later, Nichols edited the post when he discovered it was not Pelosi’s office.
In videos of the insurrection, Nichols could be heard yelling, “This is not a peaceful protest,” according to court documents.
Both suspects were among the crowd who “actively” forced their way into the Capitol and attempted to pepper spray an agent.
In a Snapchat photo Harkrider posted, he wrote “We’re in. 2 people killed already. We need all the patriots of this country to rally the f—k up and fight for our freedom or it’s gone forever.”
Others remain under investigation
Federal authorities continue to investigate the insurrection and more arrests may be forthcoming.
A Bexar County Sheriff’s lieutenant who attended Trump’s rally is under investigation in connection with the siege. Lt. Roxanne Mathai, said the rally was “one of the best days” of her life. Her attorney, Hector Cortes, said Mathai was unaware of the bloodshed and was “really just attending a political rally for a president who she supports.”
The ATF and FBI continue to urge the public to report suspected use of explosive devices, or violent, destructive acts associated with the recent unrest. Anyone with information can call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email ATFTips@atf.gov or submit information anonymously via ReportIt.com.
The FBI is looking for individuals who may have incited or promoted violence of any kind. Anyone with digital material or tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or submit images or videos at fbi.gov/USCapitol.