HOUSTON — A Houston man becomes the latest area resident to be arrested and charged for his alleged role in storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Editor's note: the video in this story is from Jan. 15 and reports on the earlier arrest of a Spring man previously wanted in connection with the Capitol siege
Wilmar Jeovanny Montano Alvarado now joins former Houston Police officer Tam Pham and Joshua Lollar from Spring.
Each is charged with knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Montano didn’t say much walking out of the federal courthouse building in downtown Houston on Friday evening.
“No comment,” Montano said when questioned by reporters.
When asked about the five charges against him Montano responded, ”I can’t speak about. You gotta talk to the lawyer.”
However, Montano’s criminal complaint paints a picture as to why the FBI believes he was part of the violent mob that rushed the Capitol and clashed with police.
Montano first appeared on an FBI “Seeking Information” poster after the attacks.
According to the complaint, Montano then appeared in a TV news report where he admitted to participating in the Washington D.C. protests because he believed election fraud compromised his vote.
He denied being inside the Capitol or attacking law enforcement.
However, the FBI said they found a YouTube video showing Montano in a brown jacket with gray hood, U.S. flag neck gaiter and red, white and blue hat with “Trump” on it inside the Capitol.
Video screenshots show Montano pushing toward police with other rioters.
One screenshot allegedly shows Montano’s hand on the shield of an officer.
The complaint stated Montano made his way out of the crowd after getting hit in the head.
Besides trespassing and disorderly conduct, Montano faces civil disorder, assaulting officers and obstruction of an official proceeding charges.
A few weeks ago, the FBI began the process of trying to track down those involved in the breach at the Capitol, sorting through thousands of images and videos on social media — turning to the public for help in identifying the men and women.
Those involved in the riot managed to get around police forces and occupy the building. One woman was shot and killed during the riots, a Capitol Police officer died from injuries sustained during the riots and three others died from medical emergencies, WUSA reported.
A Maryland man was fired from his job after a picture of him with his company's name badge on a lanyard hanging from his neck was distributed by DC Police as a person of interest for his alleged participation in a mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
Anyone with information regarding these individuals, or anyone who witnessed any unlawful violent actions at the Capitol or near the area, is asked to contact the FBI's Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) to verbally report tips. You may also sub
WUSA contributed to this report