FBI arrests Pilot Mountain man; first federal arrest of North Carolinian in connection with Capitol riot

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Christopher Raphael Spencer

Christopher Raphael Spencer

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Federal Bureau of Investigation has made the first federal arrest of a North Carolinian in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to Shelley Lynch, public affairs specialist with the FBI Charlotte Division.

Christopher Raphael Spencer, of Pilot Mountain, was taken into custody in Kernersville on Tuesday afternoon.

Spencer has been charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and obstruction of justice.

According to a statement of facts provided by the FBI, Spencer live-streamed from within the Capitol. He was identified by an informant who has known him for “some time.”

A video captured Spencer entering the wing of the Capitol where the Speaker of the House’s offices are located. The FBI said he could be heard in the video saying, “Where’s Nancy’s office?”

“Who would’ve knew the first time I ever come would be to storm?” Spencer said as he walked through Statuary Hall.

Video also showed Spencer yelling obscenities at Capitol police officers.

Spencer had his initial appearance at the federal courthouse in Greensboro on Tuesday.

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