Larry Rendell Brock, a retired Air Force Lt. Col. from North Texas, has been arrested after being reported by multiple people to the FBI for his participation in this month’s attack on the Capitol. One of the informants who helped investigators was his Brock’s ex-wife of 18 years.
According to an affidavit sent to the D.C. District Court, Brock’s ex-wife claims to have seen her former husband in photos from the U.S. Capitol.
“I just know that when I saw this was happening, I was afraid he would be there,” she said according to court documents. “I think you already know he was there. It is such a good picture of him, and I recognize his patch.”
Brock was seen wearing a combat helmet, bandana, body armor and a tactical vest that included a Texas flag, and was holding multiple pairs of zip-tie handcuffs.
He was photographed in the Senate chamber and with a group that breached Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office suite.
NPR’s Greg Myre reports that Brock was also named by John Scott-Railton from Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, who has been gathering clues and crowdsourcing information to identify rioters at the Capitol. Scott-Railton focused on those who seemed prepared to take hostages.
— John Scott-Railton (@jsrailton) January 10, 2021
“I kept finding footage of men wearing body armor, communicating with each other and moving with purpose,” Scott-Railton told NPR. “It made me think there were people in there who had specific ideas of what they wanted to accomplish and had come prepared to execute on them.”
Brock gave an interview to the New Yorker in which he admitted he was the man in the photos and repeated Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud.
“The President asked for his supporters to be there to attend, and I felt like it was important, because of how much I love this country, to actually be there,” he told Farrow.
Brock claimed he found the zip-tie handcuffs on the floor and did not intend to use them.