The FBI has arrested the first person from North Carolina on charges related to violent riots at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6.
Christopher Raphael Spencer of Pilot Mountain, N.C. was taken into custody without incident by special agents and officers on Tuesday. He appeared at the federal courthouse in Greensboro and was brought up on charges of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and obstruction of justice.
Spencer participated in the riots incited by President Trump that left at least five people dead. He is now the second person in the Carolinas to face federal charges after Andrew Hatley of Easley, S.C. was accused of forcing his way into a restricted building and engaging in disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds two weeks ago.
Investigators say Spencer was captured in at least three videos by witnesses in various places inside the U.S. Capitol. Surveillance video turned over to federal agents also captured him inside Statuary Hall. They also recovered video evidence from posts on Spencer’s Facebook as part of a search warrant.
According to documents released by the FBI, Spencer is heard on video saying, “Bro, they stormed the Capitol, bro…pushed the cops out of the way, everything…took it over.” He’s later heard chanting “Whose House? Our house!” and “Stop the steal,” repeatedly. One of the videos shows Spencer walking near Nancy Pelosi’s office and saying, “Where’s Nancy’s office?” while reportedly walking into the office hallway. He then left the area and walked into Statuary Hall, according to agents.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia is prosecuting this case.