Two East Texas men placed at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., during the Jan. 6 riot by one of the men’s social media posts have been arrested.
Ryan Nichols, 30, of Longview was held Monday in the Smith County Jail, while Alex Harkrider, 33, of Carthage was held in the Gregg County Jail. Both men were held on federal detainers.
Details about the charges were unavailable Monday night.
A video posted to Nichols’ Facebook page that later was taken down shows a man who looks like Nichols shooting pepper spray into a Capitol building office.
Other photos posted to Nichols’ Facebook page that also have been removed show Nichols and Harkrider outside the Capitol among a crowd.
“Patriots stood their ground today!” Nichols posted with one of the photos. “We aren’t done yet, either! You want to steal our election, and not hear us in court? Good! Now you’ll hear our civil unrest!”
Another photo of Nichols and Harkrider was accompanied with a post that read, “In front of Nancy Pelosi’s smashed office ...”
Nichols was a Realtor with Texas Real Estate Executives, but a representative told News-Journal news partner CBS19 on Monday night that Nichols was terminated after the firm discovered his possible involvement in the riot.
The arrests are among several in Texas related to the riot.
Guy Reffitt was arrested Friday at his home in Wylie, a city about 35 miles northeast of downtown Dallas, according to court records. An FBI spokeswoman said Matthew Carl Mazzocco, 37, was also arrested without incident in San Antonio on Sunday.
Reffitt is charged with obstruction of justice and unlawful entry. According to an affidavit, the 48-year-old was recorded on video outside the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot and later threatened his wife and children if they turned him in.
Mazzocco is charged with unlawful entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, the FBI spokeswoman said. He is set to make a first appearance in a San Antonio federal court today, and more information was not immediately available on the charges against him.
An attorney could not be immediately identified for either man Monday.
FBI agents found an AR-15 rifle and a pistol during their search of Reffitt’s home, according to the affidavit. The court document states that Reffitt’s wife told agents he is a member of the anti-government Three Percenters movement.
Reffitt told agents he was at the Capitol but did not go inside, according to the affidavit.
More than 125 people have been arrested so far on charges related to the insurrection led by supporters of President Donald Trump at the Capitol, where a Capitol police officer and four others were killed.
Far-right media personality Tim Gionet, who calls himself “Baked Alaska,” was arrested in Houston. A Dallas-area real estate agent, a retired Air Force officer and several other Texas residents have also been charged with crimes tied to the insurrection.
Charges from the riot range from curfew violations to serious federal felonies related to theft and weapons possession.