On April 13, police arrested Samuel Montoya, a journalist for the conservative news website Infowars, for his participation in the storming of the Capitol on January 6. Federal agents broke into his Austin, Texas home and charged him on four counts.
On January 6, in the US capital Washington, DC, Montoya reported live, using his first amendment right to document events in a journalistic capacity. Wearing a red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap, he entered the Capitol building with Trump supporters. Montoya does not look like a white supremacist, and he has no criminal record.
Montoya is charged with entering a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in the Capitol building, impeding passage through the Capitol, and “parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.”
Samuel Montoya could spend the next seven years in prison.