Houston man arrested for allegedly entering Senate chamber during U.S. Capitol insurrection
A Houston man was arrested last week for allegedly entering the Senate chamber during the Jan. 6 insurrection. At least 10 Houston-area residents have charged in connection to the riot — at least 59 Texans in total have been arrested.
Authorities say Landon Bryce Mitchell entered the Capitol building with a former coworker named Luke Wessley Bender from Virginia. A tipster sent Bender’s Facebook account to the FBI shortly after the attack, which investigators used to find the man’s TikTok account.
Court documents say Bender had posted a video on TikTok on Jan. 8, which included photos and videos of the two men from the exterior of the Capitol building during the attack.
Bender was arrested in July, and charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, and entering and remaining on the floor of either House of Congress, among other federal charges.
During an interview with investigators, Bender said that he and Mitchell had climbed up a scaffolding, entered the Capitol building, and made their way to the Senate chamber, according to the FBI. Police say the two men can be seen inside the building and Senate chamber on surveillance footage and publicly posted images.
Additionally, the location of Mitchell's phone was found to be located inside or near the Capitol building at the time of the attack, according to court documents.
Attached to the affidavit are several messages that Mitchell had allegedly sent to people on Facebook after the attack, writing that he had “pushed back the police and breached the doors!!," and that he wasn't worried about potential legal repercussions because he had worn his mask while inside the building.
"I'm invincible," Mitchell wrote. "Seriously tho I'm not too worried."
Mitchell is now facing federal charges, including knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct on restricted grounds, and entering and remaining on the floor of either House of Congress, among other charges.