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Capitol Rioter Arrested After Photo ID’d by Ex-Wife

In the days since the Trump-incited Capitol Riots, more and more of the agitators in the crowd are facing the consequences for their criminal acts. Thanks to their collective anti-mask stances in the middle of a pandemic, combined with no fear of retribution, those who breached the barriers and broke into the Capitol have been easily identified thanks to facial recognition technology, as well as eagle-eyed social media users.

The FBI issued a tweet asking the public for help in identifying anyone who participated, and despite some snarky responses suggesting the bureau should be better equipped to do their jobs when Tik Toks were being shared that included the usernames, the public has been flooding the FBI tip lines. Nearly 100 arrests had been made by Monday, and more are expected in the days leading up to Joe Biden’s inauguration.

WASHINGTON DC, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES – 2021/01/06: Pro-Trump protesters seen on and around Capitol building. Rioters broke windows and breached the Capitol building in an attempt to overthrow the results of the 2020 election. Police used batons and tear gas grenades to eventually disperse the crowd. Rioters used metal bars and tear gas as well against the police. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

As horrifying as the images have been from within the Capitol, they have indeed served law enforcement well. Aside from being removed from flights, rioters are being identified by their own families and even former spouses. Larry Rendell Block was ID’d by both his ex-wife and a friend when they recognized him in the middle of the coverage. Brock was photographed holding zip ties, which indicated a more sinister plan to take hostages may have been in progress before police were able to remove the rioters from the building.

Brock had confirmed to The New Yorker last Saturday that the pictures from the Senate chamber were of him. He was wearing a green helmet and body armor in the photos. Although he was allegedly carrying zip-tie handcuffs, Brock said that he had found them on the ground. Brock surrendered to FBI agents on Sunday after he agreed to meet them at the police department in Grapevine, Texas.

“I wish I had not picked those up,” he told The New Yorker. “My thought process there was I would pick them up and give them to an officer when I see one. I didn’t do that because I had put them in my coat, and I honestly forgot about them.”

Brock’s arrest affidavit alleges that more than one person turned in Brock after recognizing him in the news footage, but his ex-wife of 18 years was one of the people who reported him to the FBI. “I just know that when I saw this was happening, I was afraid he would be there,” Brock’s ex-wife allegedly told the FBI, according to the affidavit. “I think you already know he was there. It is such a good picture and I recognize his patch.” (Brock is wearing numerous patches on his chest.)

Larry Rendell Brock

Brock has not yet entered a plea, and court records do not reflect an attorney authorized to speak on his behalf.

 



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