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Feds: Man arrested in Huntington charged in Capitol riot

A 27-year-old man accused of participating in the U.S. Capitol riot was arrested early Wednesday in Huntington by federal law enforcement agents, officials said.

The FBI identified Christopher Ortiz as a participant in the insurrection — which left a Capitol police officer and four others dead — from witnesses who told authorities that Ortiz had videos from the Jan. 6 riot on his Instagram account, according to court papers.

Ortiz, charged with entering restricted grounds without lawful authority, impeding or disrupting government business and engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct at the Capitol, appeared via teleconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Anne Shields Wednesday evening.

Shields set bond for Ortiz at $60,000. Ortiz is scheduled to appear in federal court in Washington on Monday.

Ortiz's attorney, Randi Chavis of Federal Defenders of New York, did not immediately return requests for comment.

Ortiz is one of several men from the metropolitan area facing charges for alleged participation in the riot led by supporters of former President Donald Trump. The federal government issued a terrorism alert Wednesday warning of potential violence and lingering anti-government sentiment in the wake of President Joe Biden’s election.

According to court documents, one video includes Ortiz, whose Instagram handle is @chrispy0ats, scaling the Capitol building.

At another point in the video, a man identified by the witness as Ortiz is heard yelling, "Onward, onward," as rioters pour into the Capitol building, court documents said. In another video, Ortiz can be heard shouting, "Yeah, we’re at the door," as he enters the building with the mob, the documents said.

When one witness asked Ortiz was he was doing at the Capitol, according to the court papers, Ortiz said he was "participating in government."

"LOL they can come and get me; I didn’t break or vandalize or steal; I walked through and out," Ortiz told the witness in an Instagram message.

"I’d storm the Capitol any day for you," Ortiz added.

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