COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — Another Howard County man is in FBI custody after he was reportedly linked to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Andrew Ryan Bennett from Columbia turned himself in to the FBI Tuesday morning. Bennett was at the Capitol when a violent mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the building. Five people died during the assault, including a Capitol Police officer.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: 862 New Cases Reported; Hospitalizations, Positivity Rate Continue Declining
Bennett is at least the fifth Marylander now linked to the riots.
During an initial court appearance Tuesday, Bennett promised to stay away from the Capitol and was released from jail. He’s facing five charges, including entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct at the Capitol.
Bennett is not the first Howard County person to be linked to the deadly riots. Matthew Ryan Miller, 22, of Cooksville, was arrested Monday morning and scheduled to appear in federal court in Washington, D.C., Monday afternoon, the FBI confirmed to WJZ.READ MORE: Baltimore City Schools To Offer Weekly COVID-19 Testing For Students, Staff
The complaint alleged that Bennett streamed live from inside the U.S. Capitol four times on Jan. 6 and posted those to Facebook.
He allegedly was wearing a baseball cap with a Proud Boys motto on it. After obtaining a search warrant for Bennett’s Columbia residence, they found the Proud Boys hat among other items in the home on Jan. 11.
Bennett told FBI agents he traveled alone to D.C. arriving at 6 a.m. and later entered the Capitol building.
More than 130 people have been charged federally in the riot.MORE NEWS: Maryland State Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Crash In Prince George's County