A Lengthy Island man who allegedly stormed the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, then bragged to a highschool buddy on Instagram that he would “storm the Capitol for you any day,” was charged by federal authorities on Wednesday.
Christopher Ortiz, 27, was arrested at his mother and father’ residence in Huntington, Lengthy Island after allegedly filming his participation within the January sixth rebellion. In movies he uploaded to his Instagram story, Ortiz may be heard shouting “Yeah! We’re on the door!” as rioters entered the Capitol constructing, in keeping with court docket filings, earlier than shouting “Onward! Onward!”
A number of people reached out to the FBI after watching the movies, with one in all them sharing screenshots of direct messages seemingly confirming Ortiz’s involvement, prosecutors stated.
When one Instagram buddy requested Ortiz what he was doing, he allegedly replied “taking part in authorities!” earlier than including: “Lol they will come and get me; I didn’t break or vandalize or steal; I walked by and out.”
He was charged in federal court docket on Wednesday with knowingly coming into a restricted constructing and violent entry and disorderly conduct on federal grounds. After agreeing to give up his passport and to keep away from Washington D.C., apart from court docket appearances, he was launched on a $60,000 bond supplied by his mother and father.
Previous to his court docket look, Ortiz told the Daily Mail that he was solely making an attempt to “perceive” the pro-Trump mob.
“I am not anyone who walks round sporting a MAGA hat, I am not that form of individual,” he stated. “I wished to know what is going on on with the folks I do not actually align with.”
Federal authorities have charged dozens of New York and New Jersey residents for his or her alleged position within the rebellion. They are going to be charged by the U.S. Legal professional for the District of Columbia.