Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Larry Brock Jr. of Texas has been charged in federal court for participating in a deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Brock, 53, was charged Sunday in U.S. District Court with knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, the news outlet reported. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is prosecuting the case.
Brock was wearing a green helmet and tactical vest, black and camouflage jacket, and beige pants when he entered the Capitol, and was carrying flex handcuffs, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In an interview with the New Yorker, Brock said he’d found the flex handcuffs on the ground and didn’t intend to use them.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Brock used to work for Hillwood Airways of Forth Worth. The company told the news outlet it was aware of photos of Brock’s involvement in the riot, but declined to describe why he was no longer an employee. It’s unclear how long Brock worked for the airline.
In the New Yorker interview, Brock said he went to Washington to demonstrate peacefully, telling the magazine: “The President asked for his supporters to be there to attend, and I felt like it was important, because of how much I love this country, to actually be there.”
He also said he assumed it was OK for him to enter the Capitol, and that he stopped short of going into California Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, the New Yorker reported.
Brock graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1989; he told the magazine he served in Afghanistan and in Iraq.