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Federal grand jury indicts East Texans accused in Capitol riots

The FBI affidavit included this screenshot of an alleged Facebook post by Ryan Nichols (right)...
The FBI affidavit included this screenshot of an alleged Facebook post by Ryan Nichols (right) showing him and Alex Harkrider in front a large crowd at the U.S. Capitol Building. (Source: Department of Justice)(Department of Justice)
Updated: Feb. 18, 2021 at 4:26 PM CST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KLTV) - A federal grand jury has handed up a 13-count indictment against a pair of East Texans accused for their parts in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

Ryan Nichols, 30, of Longview, and Alex Kirk Harkrider, 33, of Carthage, were arrested on the charges in January.

The indictment includes the following allegations:

  • Nichols is accused of assaulting an officer with pepper spray. He is also accused of carrying a crowbar into the Capitol building.
  • Harkrider is charged with theft of government property for allegedly stealing a table leg. He is also accused of carrying a tomahawk axe into the Capitol building.

The indictment was filed on Feb. 12 and made available on Thursday.

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