LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The FBI identified a Las Vegas man accused of illegally entering the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot by matching his driver’s license photo to surveillance images, court documents obtained by the I-Team late Thursday night said.
The FBI arrested Nathaniel “Nathan” DeGrave, of Las Vegas, and Ronald “Ronnie” Sandlin, of Tennessee, Thursday in connection with the riot.
Court documents said DeGrave was seen on camera inside the Capitol wearing a red, white and blue neck bandanna, officials wrote in documents filed in federal court.
FBI agents surveilled DeGrave’s apartment on Thursday, court documents said. A warrant was issued for his arrest the same day on charges of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol ground and obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, documents said.
Investigators tracked DeGrave’s social media accounts, finding a comment reading, “It’s time the American people rise and stand up for this country. We’re tired of the corruption.” The comment was under a post by a man also charged in the riot and surveilled Thursday in Las Vegas, investigators wrote in court documents.
Documents reveal investigators were given an anonymous tip that led them to video of DeGrave and two other men discussing the planned protest on Jan. 6, saying, “I say bring it. We are not silent anymore.”
Investigators allege the trio raised money for the trip on GoFundMe.
A photo posted on DeGrave’s Facebook page, which is linked in court documents, shows a photo of former President Donald Trump in DeGrave’s apartment with the caption, “My idol in my living room.”
On his Instagram, DeGrave identifies himself as the CEO of a celebrity event planner and adult model management company.
Sandlin, who was wanted for his alleged role in the Jan. 6 riot was taken into custody Thursday outside DeGrave’s apartment, court documents said. He is due in court Monday.
Five people died in the riot, including an officer for the Capitol Police. Federal prosecutors have filed charges stemming from the breach against more than 130 people so far.