Houston man arrested in connection with Jan. 6 Capitol riots, reportedly seen on video taking photos inside breached building
HOUSTON – Charges were filed this week against a Houston man for his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection and riots at the United States Capitol.
Raul Eduardo Jarrin is charged with committing a number of violations, including disorderly conduct on restricted grounds and remaining in a restricted building with intent to obstruct or disrupt official functions, according to the US Department of Justice.
On January 6, 2021, a joint session of the United States Congress was held at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
During the session, elected members of the United States House of Representatives and the Senate gathered in separate chambers of the Capitol building to certify the Electoral College vote count of the 2020 presidential election. Mike Pence, who was vice president at the time, was present and chaired. As debate continued in the House and Senate, a large crowd gathered outside the United States Capitol.
Police attempted to maintain order and keep crowds from entering the Capitol, but shortly after 2 p.m. individuals forced their way inside by smashing windows and climbing walls, assaulting allegedly members of the police along the way.
After sifting through a large amount of data, Jarrin was identified as one of the offenders.
On July 2, 2021, Jarrin was interviewed at the FBI Field Office in Houston. During his interview, he reportedly admitted he was near the Capitol that day, but denied entering the building.
Jarrin said he attended the “Save America” rally where former President Donald Trump was speaking, and showed photos from that event. One of the photographs shows the Capitol building in the distance with bike rack barricades in the foreground, according to court documents.
Jarrin reportedly told investigators he decided to leave the area soon after, but timestamps on his Metro SmarTrip map indicate he was likely still in the area at the time of the riot.
Investigators have obtained surveillance video that appears to show Jarrin entering and exiting the Capitol building. He wore a green jacket, red baseball cap, red shirt, blue jeans, and brown boots. In the footage, the man who appears to be Jarrin can be seen entering the building and then exiting 15 seconds later with other people.
From another camera just inside the building, the same individual can be seen entering the door and walking inside approximately 10 feet. The man stopped to take his phone out of his pocket, appearing to take photos, then turned to walk out the same door.
A search of Jarrin’s mobile device led police to find 82 photos and three videos taken with the cell phone.
Based on the evidence, investigators felt they had probable cause for the charge. Jarrin is not charged with any violence on his behalf, however, breaching the building is a violation.
Click here to see a full list of those charged in the incident.
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