FORT WORTH, Texas – A North Texas man charged with partaking the U.S. Capitol riot made his first appearance in court on Monday.
Larry Brock is one of dozens of suspects the FBI identified from video clip and pictures taken inside the Capitol. Pics from the riot show Brock inside the U.S. Senate chamber with white ripple handcuffs.
Cameras were not permitted inside the federal courthouse in Fort Worth. The Monday hearing lasted just five minutes and Brock was accompanied into the courtroom by two U.S Marshals.
A judge determined Brock qualified for a court-appointed defense lawyer. Brock was then ordered held in the custody of the U.S. Marshals until his probable cause and detention hearing scheduled for Thursday.
A mug shot, released by the grapevine police department shortly afterward Monday’s appearance, shows how brock seemed at the time of the concise hearing. His hands were manacled in front of his black tee-shirt and his legs fettered around his denims.
The retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserves was identified by his ex-wife as the guy photographed — and captured on surveillance video clip wearing combat gear and objects to possibly detain and arrest folks on the senate floor during the January 6 Capitol riot.
The apprehension affidavit quoted Brock’s ex-wife, who reportedly called the FBI National Threat Operations Center. She stated, in part, “I just know that when I saw this was going on I was fearful he would be there… It is such a good picture of him and I recognize his patch.”
“There’s a wealth of potential criminal offenses in addition to the 2 that they charged that would be available.
Richard Roper is a former U.S Attorney for the Northern District of Texas not associated with the case and said video evidence will be key in prosecuting.
“It nails down the identity of the perpetrator,” Roper said.
According to the affidavit, filed in the District of Columbia, Brock is charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Both are federal charges.
“There’s two charges, essentially a criminal trespass charge being in a place you’re not authorized to be,” Roper said. “Both of those charges, interestingly, are misdemeanor charges — meaning punishment range would be less than one year in prison unless someone carries a dangerous weapon.”
Brock’s defense attorney did not have any comment. But he did say after Thursday’s hearing, the case will be turned over to the courts in D.C. since that is where the alleged crimes took place.
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