Missouri man charged in the storming of the US Capitol

HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH
Associated Press
The Rolla Daily News

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri man has been arrested on charges alleging that he took part in the storming of the U.S. Capitol and livestreamed it from inside the building.

FBI agents and police in Springfield arrested Zachary Martin without incident on Thursday on federal charges of engaging in illegal activities on Capitol grounds, disorderly conduct and demonstrating inside the Capitol, FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said in a news release.

According to an FBI affidavit, several of Martin's Facebook friends tipped off the agency that they had watched parts of his livestream from the deadly Jan. 6 storming of the building by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. 

A widely circulated screenshot that appears to have been taken from the livestream shows a man who looks like Martin standing in front of a painting inside the Capitol, according to the affidavit. 

An FBI employee found a link to the video in online discussions but was unable to open it because it was no longer active. However, the FBI was able to trace the link to Martin's Facebook account, which was closed around Jan. 10, the affidavit states.

One of Martin's Facebook friends also recalled that Martin said at a Springfield bar in the week leading up to the Trump rally and the storming of the Capitol that he planned to travel to Washington, the affidavit states.

Patton said she didn't know if Martin had an attorney.

Dozens of people have been arrested on charges alleging they took part in the insurrection at the Capitol as Congress met to certify Democrat Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential race. Thousands of Trump's supporters descended on the Capitol that day, and more than 800 are believed to have made it inside the building during the siege. Five people died in the melee, including a Capitol police officer who was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher.

At least one other Missouri resident has been charged in the Capitol riot — a woman accused of taking a splintered name plate belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.