A Texas Air Force veteran was identified as a MAGA mob rioter in riot gear and zippers who appeared to leave Nancy Pelosi's destroyed office. His family revealed that he was obsessed with Donald Trump and had developed extreme beliefs since he left the troop.
Retired Lt. Col. Larry Rendall Brock Jr., 53, was among the violent crowd of Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a riot that killed five, including a police officer.
The father of three, who now lives in Dallas, was pictured in the Senate Wednesday after the group broke barricades, pushed back law enforcement and sent lawmakers on the run for security reasons.
Pictures show him in a combat helmet, body armor, and a vinyl label with the Punisher skull – a symbol adopted by white supremacists and believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory.
He was wearing zippered handcuffs and appeared to be speaking to other rioters, some of whom wore MAGA hats.
Brock, who served in the Air Force for more than two decades and now works for an airline company, was also featured in footage captured by ITV News that appeared to leave Nancy Pelosi's office – which was ravaged and looted in the chaos.
The MAGA mob rioter in riot gear and with cable ties was identified as a veteran of the Texas Air Force, whose family claims to have developed extreme convictions and had "strange angry conversations" since leaving the force
Retired Lt. Col. Larry Rendall Brock Jr., 53, was among the violent supporters of Donald Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a riot that killed five, including a police officer
Brock's family members and a former Air Force comrade have painted a worrying picture of the veteran – a man who has become increasingly radical in recent years and influenced by white supremacy.
Bill Leake, who worked with Brock in the Air Force for 10 years, told The New Yorker that he lost touch with Brock because he "got extreme".
He said Brock, who was nicknamed Torch on the troop, was obsessed with Trump and "following the world of alternative news sources."
“Torch gave Trump everything. He was focused on the world of alternative news sources, ”Leake said.
“He actually believes that Liberals and Democrats pose a threat to the country. You can see how the logical conclusion is, "We have to take over".
Two family members, who were not named, said the New Yorker Brock called himself a patriot, made racist comments and believed he was influenced by white supremacy.
"(He started to say) Strange angry talk, basically that he was ready to get into trouble to defend what he thinks is right. Trump is arguably the president," said one of the family members.
They added that his military career gave him "a strange sense of power" and that he "does not understand the implications and the people he hurts".
Nevertheless, they were surprised to see him with the cable ties: "I can't imagine what he was doing with cable ties there or what he thought he could achieve."
While Brock has admitted to being the man in the videos and photos in the Capitol, he has tried to distance himself from any violence, claiming he did not enter Pelosi's office – as the FBI rounded up the perpetrators of the attack on the seat on Wednesday the US government.
Brock, who served in the Air Force for more than two decades and now works for an airline company, was also featured in footage captured by ITV News that appeared to be leaving Nancy Pelosi's office
Brock claimed he stopped at the entrance to Pelosi's office door five to ten feet from the sign and did not enter
Brock told the New Yorker he was welcome to enter the U.S. Capitol – despite mob members breaking windows to break in, shots being fired, and police trying to hold the crowd back.
Then he claims that he "found" the zip ties he saw on the floor and only picked them up so he could hand them over to a police officer – but then forgot them.
“I wish I hadn't picked them up. My thought process there was that if I saw one I would pick it up and give it to an officer, ”he said.
"I didn't do that because I put it in my coat and honestly forgot about it."
He also claimed that he stopped at the entrance to Pelosi's office door five to ten feet from the sign and did not enter.
The footage seems to show him walking out of the office with a group of other rioters.
Brock also claimed he hadn't seen any violence and was opposed to damaging the Capitol.
“I know it looks threatening. It wasn't my intention, ”he said.
Instead, he claimed he wore the body armor for his own protection, fearing he would be stabbed or injured by BLM or Antifa.
The FBI said Friday there was no evidence that anti-fascist activists like Antifa were involved in the riots.
Brock told the New Yorker he traveled to Washington DC because of responding to Trump's call to action.
The father of three, who now lives in Dallas, is pictured in a green battle helmet in the Senate on Wednesday
"The president asked his supporters to be there and I thought it was important to actually be there because I love this country so much," he said.
He said he believes Trump's unsubstantiated allegations of widespread electoral fraud – allegations that have not been backed by evidence and found no reason in dozens of lawsuits – after reading posts on social media.
Biden won the presidential election with 306 votes to Trump's 232.
Brock also denied that he held racist views, saying he was not part of a right-wing group that had come to the capital.
The 53-year-old graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1989 with a focus on international relations and affairs and then served as Chief Operations Inspector and flight commander with the 706th Fighter Wing.
The veteran served in Afghanistan and Iraq and has been awarded three medals of merit, six air medals, and three air medals, the New Yorker reported.
He retired in 2014 and now works for Hillwood Airways, a private airline based in Texas.
Brock was adorned with several symbols of his military career during the siege on Wednesday.
On his combat helmet and body armor was the yellow lily, the insignia of the 706th Fighter Squadron.
The veteran was first identified Thursday through the use of facial recognition and image enhancement technology by John Scott-Railton, a senior researcher at the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto's Munk School, who tracked down several mob members.
As the nation teeters from the attack on the Capitol on Wednesday, which senior Democrats are calling an act of domestic terrorism, the FBI is seeking public help in identifying the attackers.
The FBI has released new photos of at least 10 other MAGA mob rioters hunted down after they stormed the U.S. Capitol in the violent siege that left five dead
Richard Barnett – the man who put his feet on Nancy Pelosi's desk (above) and left her a threatening note before boasting about it – was arrested
Donald Trump supporters are seen inside the U.S. Capitol after rioters breached security and entered the Capitol
On Friday the FBI released new photos of 10 other MAGA mob rioters in the Capitol building wanted in connection with the violent siege.
Federal agencies are asking the public for help in finding people pictured for "illegal entry" to the Capitol.
These are in addition to the dozen the FBI has already said they are trying to track down.
More than 80 rioters have already been arrested and 55 are being prosecuted on federal charges.
The DoJ said on a call with reporters on Friday that 15 people have now been charged.
This includes 60-year-old Richard Barnett – the man who put his feet on Nancy Pelosi's desk and left her a threatening note before boasting about it after returning to the crowds outside.
Barnett, who proudly described himself as a white nationalist on social media, has been charged with illegal entry.
70-year-old Lonnie Coffman was also arrested after police found his red GMC pickup truck near the RNC – where a pipe bomb was left.
Dozens more, dubbed "great patriots" by Trump, have yet to be identified.
During a rally near the White House, the protesters were upset by Trump, Giuliani and Donald Trump Jr. and asked to go to Capitol Hill, where lawmakers should confirm Biden's presidential victory.
Pro-Trump insurgents stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday in an attack that stunned the nation
A police ammunition explosion is seen as Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol on Wednesday
A violent mob stormed the Capitol, broke through police barricades and broke windows to enter the building.
Legislators went into hiding for several hours as the Capitol Police struggled to regain control while the Senate and house mob puked, raided Nancy Pelosi's office, and looted items that might contain state secrets.
A Trump supporter, U.S. Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, was shot dead by the Capitol Police trying to climb through a window.
Three other Trump supporters died following "medical emergencies" related to the violation, and Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick died Thursday from the attack after allegedly hitting him over the head with a fire extinguisher.
Three senior Capitol security officials have resigned as questions were raised about their failure to stop the violation, as well as the different treatment of the largely white mob compared to the treatment of Black Lives Matter supporters on the streets of DC last year.
Dozens have been rounded up and arrested since the attack, but the FBI is seeking help from the public to bring those responsible to justice.
Meanwhile, House Democrats plan to indict Trump with a single impeachment article indicting him of "inciting insurrection" after he assaulted his supporters and did not condemn or tell the Capitol for hours after the violence erupted leave.
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