2 York County, S.C. men arrested for involvement in Jan. 6 Capitol riot
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WBTV/WIS) - Two men from York County, South Carolina are facing federal charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Several people who know the men identified them to federal officials using security footage and photos posted online of those involved in the riot.
Elliot Bishai and Elias Irizarry face multiple federal charges, according to an arrest warrant. An affidavit from the FBI outlines some of their involvement in the riot.
According to The Rock Hill Herald, Irizarry is from Rock Hill and Bishai is from Fort Mill.
The two men are seen on security footage climbing through a broken window into the Capitol building (see above).
Irizarry is seen in several photos with a metal pipe in his hand.
People who know the men as cadets in the Civil Air Patrol Unit first identified Bishai and Irizarry to the FBI.
The Civil Air Patrol Unit is a volunteer leadership program for people 12 to 21 that can lead to military service in the Air Force, but is not a military branch itself.
The Citadel confirmed Elias Irizarry is a second-semester freshman at the school.
One witness told federal officials the men were “easily identifiable” in pictures by their “demeanors, way they (we)re standing and physical characteristics.”
Another witness, who also knows the men through the Civil Air Patrol Unit, stated they recognized Bishai’s backpack, shirt and bandana. They also said the men were listed as being in Washington, D.C. on social media on Jan. 6.
A family member of one of the men also confirmed this information with officials.
FBI agents found the men in other security footage based on those witnesses’ reports.
Officials said the men’s images match their ID photos with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.
Both Bishai and Irizarry were set to face a federal judge in Columbia on Monday, March 15 on the following charges:
- Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
- Knowingly Engaging in Disorderly or Disruptive Conduct in any Restricted Buildings or Grounds
- Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds
To see the FBI’s wanted posters related to the Capitol riot, click or tap here.
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