Sierra Martin | Managing Editor
A San Marcos resident who was allegedly employed by Infowars has been arrested for participating in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
According to documents from the U.S. Department of Justice, an investigation into Samuel Christopher Montoya began on Jan. 11. The FBI was tipped off when a family member of Montoya contacted authorities and told them he was inside the capital building recording a video.
The family member told the FBI that the video footage captured the death of Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force Veteran from San Diego who was shot and killed by police during the breach of the Capitol.
Authorities found a 44-minute video entitled, “Patriots Storm Congress Raw Footage Includes Execution of Ashli Babbitt,” where the narrator in the video identifies himself as, “Sam with Infowars.com,” which was posted on Jan. 6.
After the Capitol riot, Montoya showed the video to family members, where they recognized him when he turns the camera to himself and said, “It feels good to be in the Capitol baby!”
The lawsuit includes several statements Montoya made throughout the video, such as “I’m sure these officers are scared, but we’re here, we’re here to show that we‘ve had enough. We’ve had enough.” Montoya also narrates later in the video, “here we are in the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC in the Capitol building. It has officially been stormed by Trump supporters… And here we are, taking our – the people’s house back!”
According to the FBI, Montoya was interviewed on Infowars several times in the days following the breach of the Capitol to describe his experience. In the interviews, he is identified as Sam, a video editor with infowarsstore.com.
Although Montoya claims to be a journalist, the FBI confirmed with the Capitol press office that he did not have press credentials the day of the riot. FBI was able to locate Montoya at several locations inside the Capitol building on surveillance footage.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Montoya is charged with entering a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a Capitol building, impeding passage through the Capitol, and “parading, demonstrating or picketing in a capitol building.”
Montoya was arrested on April 13 and had his first scheduled court appearance on April 14.
More information will be published as it is made available.