East Texas men accused in US Capitol riot given new arraignment date

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: Apr. 15, 2021 at 11:24 AM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Two East Texas men charged with multiple crimes for their participation in the January riot at the United States Capitol have a new court date.

Ryan Nichols, 30, of Longview, and Alex Harkrider, 34, of Carthage, are now set to be arraigned before Judge Thomas F. Hogan on Monday, August 26. The previous arraignment date had been abandoned earlier this week.

Earlier this week, Harkrider’s attorney filed a motion to release Harkrider from federal custody and into house arrest until trial.

Nichols and Harkrider were arrested on multiple charges in January and given a 13-count indictment each by a Smith County grand jury in February. Arraignment for the two men is scheduled to take place on April 13 via video conference with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

The Feb. 12 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.

Evidence brought against the two men, both former members of the U.S. Marine Corps, included video footage of their participation in the riot while breaching a Capitol Building window, and text messages that included wording such as “I’ll bring every freedom blaster I own” from Harkrider. There were also multiple photos of the two men dressed in body armor in and around the Capitol grounds. Nichols was noted as having brandished a crowbar during the riot, while Harkrider brought a tomahawk-style hatchet. Harkrider’s defense attorney argued that the tomahawk was intended purely for defensive use, however.

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