March 2. – Information from the Harford State Prosecutor’s Office led to the arrest of a man from the state of Maryland, accused of the deadly riots in the US city of Citol in January.
Robert Maurice Ryder is accused of entering the Citol building without having jurisdiction, according to a fact-finding statement submitted to the District Court of Columbia. Ryder was charged with forced entry into Citol on the grounds of “disorderly conduct” and deliberately entering a restricted building, according to a criminal complaint filed in the case. The case was filed on February 24.
The FBI learned of Ryder’s presence in the riots on January 6 when the Harford State Attorney’s Office reached them. As of Jan. 7, the Harford State Attorney’s Office had informed the FBI that face recognition software had identified two Maryland residents as a possible match for photos released by the federal agency after the Citol attack. One of these individuals was identified as Rider.
Harford State Attorney Albert Passinger declined to answer specific questions as the question continued, but said his office was cooperating with the federal inquiry.
“The Harford State Attorney’s Office is cooperating with any ‘all federal inquiries’ inquiries, and any other inquiries should be referred to the FBI,” he said.
The FBI press office did not answer specific questions about Ryder’s arrest or whereabouts.
Reader’s lawyer, Robert Charles Bonsib, did not respond to a request for comment.
According to the documents, Ryder contacted the government through a lawyer on January 19, providing approximately 22-minute photos and videos he had taken with his mobile phone during the riots.