Colorado Springs Man Fifth Coloradan Arrested in US Capitol Riot

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Pro-Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

A 45-year-old Colorado Springs man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly participating in the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol last month and engaging in disorderly conduct inside.

Glen Wes Lee Croy is the fifth Coloradan arrested in the last four weeks in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection.

He had a court appearance on Wednesday and is out of federal custody on a $5,000 bond, according to court records.

In the charging documents, federal investigators lay out a timeline of Croy’s alleged participation in the pro-Trump protest that became a riot.

On Dec. 27, 2020, Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert tweeted “who is going to be in DC on January 6th to stand with President Donald Trump?”

Croy, using a Twitter account that has since been disabled, replied, “fellow Coloradan we will be there,” according to the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court and unsealed on Wednesday.

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A screenshot from body camera footage the FBI obtained from the Metropolitan Police Department that appears to show Glenn Wes Lee Croy inside the Capitol Rotunda. Screenshots from the footage are cited in the U.S. District Court arrest warrant and criminal complaint

Photos lifted from body-worn cameras of police officers apparently show Croy inside the Capitol building. He also apparently posed with another man in front of a bust of Abraham Lincoln while carrying a flag with the logo of the III Percenters. The FBI has dubbed the anti-government organization “dangerous” in other court records.

Croy posted the photos with the Lincoln bust on his own Facebook account. Federal investigators say they have additional evidence Croy was inside the U.S. Capitol from looking at the location of phone pings from his Google email address at the time of the break-in.

Colorado’s lead federal prosecutor Jason Dunn, who announced his resignation this week, told CPR News on Thursday that he expected “several” more Colorado arrests in the sprawling federal investigation.

“It’s an ongoing process,” Dunn said. “It’s been truly amazing … They have mostly video evidence in the hundreds of thousands of pieces.”

Croy was previously arrested by Colorado Springs Police on an assault charge and has a handful of drug possession and marijuana cultivation charges on his criminal record, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

He has another court appearance in Denver next week, but his case, like all of the others from Jan. 6, will eventually be shifted to the federal prosecutor’s office in Washington, D.C. . More than 200 people have been arrested so far nationally.