LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada man and a Tennessee man who were arrested in Las Vegas and accused of violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 have ties to an Idaho man who surrendered for arrest earlier this month, according to court documents.
Nathan J. DeGrave and Ronald L. Sandlin were in federal custody Friday pending an initial court appearance, scheduled Monday before a U.S. magistrate judge in Las Vegas, jail records and officials said.
Sandlin is allegedly seen on video fighting with police and apparently smoking a marijuana cigarette inside the Capitol Rotunda. DeGrave is accused of pushing officers.
Prosecutors link them with Josiah Colt, 34, an Idaho man who turned himself in to sheriff’s deputies Jan. 12 in Boise.
Sandra Breault, FBI spokeswoman in Las Vegas, confirmed the that DeGrave and Sandlin, both 31, were arrested Thursday in Las Vegas.
Sandlin lives near Memphis, Tennessee, and was arrested outside DeGrave’s apartment, according to court documents.
Court filings allege that Sandlin organized what he is quoted as calling “a caravan of patriots who are going to Washington, D.C., to stand behind our president Donald J. Trump.”
The three men are accused of joining hundreds of people who, following a speech by Trump, stormed the Capitol — disrupting a final count by the House and Senate of electoral votes and the declaration that Joe Biden won the presidential election.
Five people died in the rioting, including a Capitol police officer. More than 130 people around the U.S. have since been identified and arrested on charges stemming from the violence.
Documents unsealed in U.S. District Court in Washington show that Sandlin and DeGrave each face charges of obstructing law enforcement officers during civil disorder, unlawful entry on restricted grounds and violence and disorderly conduct on Capitol