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UPDATE: At Least 23 Texans Face Charges In The Wake Of The U.S. Capitol Siege

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in Washington
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Police clear the U.S. Capitol Building with tear gas as supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather outside, in Washington, U.S. January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn new information. Details are gathered from federal court documents and research from the George Washington University Program on Extremism.

Updated Feb. 8, 2:04 p.m. CT

Two Texas realtors were arrested after allegedly entering the Capitol building during the Jan. 6 attack. At least 23 Texans are now facing charges.

Realtors Katherine Schwab and Jason Hyland both allegedly traveled to Washington, D.C. with Frisco realtor Jennifer Ryan and two other unidentified people, according to court documents. The group flew from Denton to D.C. via a private plane to attend Trump's Jan. 6 rally, court records show.

Both Hyland and Schwab told investigators that after seeing that the Capitol had been breached, the group decided to see what was happening firsthand, according to a sworn affidavit from federal law enforcement.

Court records allege that Ryan posted a 21-minute livestream on Facebook that showed the group walking towards the Capitol. Both Hyland and Schwab appear in the video, according to court documents.

Once at the Capitol, the affidavit said Hyland asked a police officer if he could go inside the building, with the officer allegedly responding, "everyone else is." Hyland told investigators that he went inside the building along with Ryan and Schwab, and stayed inside for a short amount of time. After hearing what sounded like a flash bang, Hyland reportedly left the building.

Surveillance footage from inside the Capitol building shows what appears to be both Schwab and Hyland entering the building through the Rotunda door.

When asked on Facebook if she was able to get pictures from within the building, Scwab confirmed that she was inside, according to the affidavit.

"no because they closed the door behind us and had their guns drawn at a few...interesting though, the national guard was in there and didn't move an inch. They sat back. They didn't fight against us at all...because there was no need to. After the girl was shot and killed that's when we raised hell," she wrote, according to court records.

The FBI said it identified both Hyland and Schwab through Ryan's social media posts and through surveillance footage from inside the Capitol building. They are now being charged with disorderly conduct and knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority.

Updated Feb. 7, 2:32 p.m. CT

Ryan Zink, son of Arizona congressional candidate Jeff Zink, was arrested in Lubbock Thursday after being accused of participating in last month's Capitol insurrection. At least 21 people are now facing charges after the attack.

Zink posted several images of himself on Facebook during the attack, according to court documents. In a video, someone who appears to be Zink can be seen saying, "We knocked down the gates! We're storming the Capitol! You can't stop us!"

In an interview with KCBD, Arizona congressional candidate Jeff Zink said that his son was innocent. He told the KCBD reporter that he and his son were there to peacefully protest, and left after the riot began.

"He didn't breach the Capitol building at all," he said.

However, in a private message on Facebook, Ryan Zink tells a different story, according to court records.

"Literally inside the capital shots fired on the floor there is a fire and gas and flash bangs have been used multiple serious injuries reported," he reportedly wrote.

According to court documents, Zink was identified by authorities after an unidentified person shared Zink's Facebook with the FBI. He's now facing federal charges for obstructing an official proceeding and trespassing in a restricted building.

Updated Jan. 29, 1:42 p.m. CT

A Houston-area man has been charged in the aftermath of the U.S. Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6. At least 20 Texans are now facing charges.

Wilmar Montano Alvarado was arrested by FBI Houston agents in relation to the U.S. Capitol attack. He is the third Houston-area resident to be arrested after the incident, joining former HPD officer Tan Dinh Pham and Spring resident Joshua R. Lollar.

Wilmar Montano Alvarado was accused of entering the Capitol building on Jan. 6 and joining rioters who were forcibly making their way through a line of police officers guarding the building's west entrance, according to court documents.

Updated at 1:50 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28

Three more Texans have been charged in the aftermath of the U.S. Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6. At least 19 Texans are now facing charges.

Garland Resident Daniel Phipps was arrested Tuesday after law enforcement said they discovered evidence on social media that he took part in the Capitol insurrection. In several posts attached to a federal affidavit, someone purported to be Phipps can be seen in what appears to be the inside of the Capitol building.

“I went to DC. I helped take the Hill," he said in one Facebook post, according to court documents.

Phipps is now being charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on capitol grounds.

Chance Uptmore, and his father James Uptmore, both allegedly entered the Capitol building during the insurrection. Like many others who were present during the attack, Chance Uptmore was active on social media, according to the FBI.

One Facebook comment attached to a sworn affidavit allegedly written by the son indicated that he was inside the Capitol, and described what it was like inside the building.

"When a painting was grabbed off the wall we helped the cops recover it. 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 said.

According to court documents, the FBI identified the younger Uptmore using his social media posts and still images found on several news outlets, including British publication the Telegraph.

After the FBI executed a federal search warrant on the Uptmore residence, investigators say both father and son confessed to being at the Capitol during the attack.

According to court documents, James Uptmore had followed his son into the building after advising him not to enter.

Both father and son are now being charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on capitol grounds.

Updated 1:33 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20

Three more Texas residents have been charged in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection, according to court records — marking at least 13 Texans in total.

According to a sworn affidavit, Texan and alt-right personality Nick DeCarlo entered the U.S. Capitol building alongside Nick Ochs, leader of the Hawaiian branch of the Proud Boys.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, DeCarlo said he and Ochs were at the Capitol working as journalists for MT Media — or, "Murder the Media" — a right-wing California-based company.

However, in a nearly hour-long interview with a fellow "Murder the Media" member, DeCarlo told a different story.

"Me and Nick Ochs went there specifically to stop the steal," he said, referring to the unfounded election fraud claims pushed by President Trump. “You’re welcome America,” he later added.

The FBI used images posted on social media by the two men to identify and apprehend them shortly after the insurrection, according to court documents.

Longview resident Ryan Nichols and Carthage resident Alex Harkrider also both allegedly participated in the Capitol insurrection, according to court documents. Both Nichols and Harkrider made several posts on social media during the attack, uploading images featuring the men on Capitol grounds and inside the building itself.

In a video obtained by the FBI, Nichols allegedly sprays what the FBI called pepper spray towards a door guarded by police. In another video obtained by the FBI, Nichols was said to proclaim: "This is the second revolution right here folks!"

The FBI said it used photographic evidence uploaded by the men themselves to identify and charge them for their alleged participation.

Updated 3:04 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19

A Houston police officer and a man from San Antonio are two of the latest to be charged in connection with the U.S. Capitol insurrection, marking at least 10 Texans alleged to be involved.

An 18-year HPD veteran and Richmond resident Tam Dinh Pham and San Antonio resident Matthew Carl Mazzocco, 37, were charged Tuesday with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on capitol grounds.

In an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Pham was accused of unlawfully entering the U.S. Capitol Building along with throngs of other pro-Trump extremists, marching from the morning’s Donald Trump rally to the Capitol, where he allegedly climbed over knocked-down fences, passed through the barriers and entered the Capitol rotunda.

Images and video screenshots attached to the affidavit appear to show Pham inside carrying a Trump flag

Matthew Carl Mazzocco, 37, of San Antonio was arrested Sunday in San Antonio. Details of his charges were not immediately available Tuesday.

Updated 11:31 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19

Four more Texans have been charged in the aftermath of the U.S. Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, bringing the total to at least eight across the state.

Daniel Adams; Guy Reffitt, 48; Jenna Ryan, 50; and Troy Smocks, 58, have all been charged since Friday, according to federal court documents.

East Texas resident Adams was arrested in the Houston area after allegedly confronting authorities on Capitol ground with his cousin, Cody Connell, from Louisiana. Video footage recorded by both men showed Adams and Connell in what appears to be a physical altercation with officers on the steps of the Capitol, according to court documents.

Both men allegedly used social media to share their experience at the Capitol, with several posts making their way to the FBI, who said they then used the images to identify the two men.

Reffitt, of Wylie, was seen “at or past the police line protecting” the Capitol building, wearing black body armor, according to court documents. Days later, court documents say Reffitt realized the FBI was watching him, and he became increasingly suspicious of his own family. His family told the FBI that he became more hostile towards them as time went on, going as far as to seemingly threating his own children, according to the criminal complaint.

"If you turn me in, you're a traitor and you know what happens to traitors... traitors get shot," Reffitt allegedly told his two children.

He was arrested soon after, while the FBI executed a search warrant at his home.

Ryan, a Realtor from Frisco, flew to D.C. with others aboard a small private plane, according to court documents. Images posted onto Ryan’s social media pages appeared to show her at the Capitol building. During a 21-minute livestream on Facebook, Ryan is allegedly shown entering the Capitol building, saying "y'all know who to hire for your realtor. Jenna Ryan for your realtor," according to court documents.

Days after the insurrection, Ryan defended her alleged participation on several news outlets. After she was arrested by the FBI, she told CBS 11 in Dallas-Fort Worth that she believed President Trump should pardon all who were involved in the riot.

“He asked us to fly there. He asked us to be there. So I was doing what he asked us to do," she said.

Smocks, from Dallas, flew from Texas to D.C. on Jan. 5, according to court documents. He was allegedly an avid user of the now-deactivated social media app Parler, and prosecutors said he used his account on Jan. 6 to post: “many of us will return on January 19th.” He added that those who won’t join on the 19th should “take a few vacation days” during that time, according to court documents.

On Jan. 7, Smocks allegedly posted: “We took the Capital. They have it back now, only because We left. It wasn't the building that We wanted. . . it was them!"

Original story is below:

At least four Texans — including one from the Houston area — are among those being prosecuted for their involvement in the storm on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Joshua Lollar, Larry Brock, Jenny Cudd, and Eliel Rosa are facing federal charges for alleged violent entry into the Capitol, according to federal court documents.

Lollar, from Spring, was accused of storming the Capitol and clashing with police officers after attending the rally by President Donald Trump last week.

The FBI reviewed photos and videos on Lollar's Facebook account, which appeared to show him busting into the building and in a crowd that was trying to push through a line of police officers, according to court documents.

Grapevine resident and Air Force combat veteran Larry Brock was seen inside the capitol building wearing green body armor and carrying zip-tie handcuffs, according to court documents.

After several images of someone appearing to be Brock began to surface online, family members and friends confirmed his identity to the FBI. Brock told the New Yorker that he intended to be peaceful, and wore his body armor because he “didn't want to get stabbed or hurt.” As for the zip-tie handcuffs, Brock said he found them on the ground and had intended to “give them to an officer.”

Jenny Cudd, a former Midland mayoral candidate, and Eliel Rosa, a Midland resident, both entered the Capitol building during the riot, according to court documents.

Once inside, Cudd allegedly helped break down Nancy Pelosi's office door, a detail Cudd confirmed via a livestream on Facebook. During the livestream, Cudd expressed the pride she felt as she participated in the “revolution.”

Security camera footage, photos, and Cudd's own Facebook livestreams allowed the FBI to identify both Cudd and Rosa. Upon questioning, the FBI said Rosa admitted that he and Cudd had entered the U.S. Capitol.

The FBI is also aware of several Houstonians who participated in the Capitol insurrection, HPD Chief Art Acevedo said. That may include a former Houston police officer the chief said was under federal investigation for his alleged involvement.

The 18-year HPD veteran, Tam Dinh Pham, entered the Capitol building to take photos, Acevedo said. After news broke of his alleged involvement in the riot, he was relieved of duty on Wednesday.

He has since resigned.

This story was produced by Houston Public Media.