Three members of an Indian Land family were recently arrested for their part in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Linwood Alan Robinson Sr., 59, Linwood Alan Robinson Jr., 39, and Brittany Nicole Robinson, 29, were arrested Thursday, May 19, and in federal court in Columbia the same day.
Another family member who lives in North Carolina, Benjamin Scott Robinson, was also arrested Thursday and arraigned in court in Charlotte, according to court records.
All four are charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.
Members of the Robinson family were picked out of public video footage taken inside the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, according to court documents. Images from those video matched known images of Linwood Robinson (Sr.) from a 2019 arrest, the court document said.
Federal agents visited with Linwood Robinson Sr. on May 18, 2021, for questioning.
Based on U.S. Capitol closed circuit video (CCV), other members of the Robinson family who were with Linwood Robinson that day were also identified, including his sons, Linwood Jr. and Benjamin, daughter-in-law, Brittany, and a teenage grandson whose name hasn’t been released. Linwood Robinson Jr. and Brittany Robinson are married.
A social media investigation and an unnamed acquaintance of the Robinson family helped identify members of the Robinson family, according to the court documents.
Images captured on video
According to CCV footage and court documents, all five members of the Robinson family who were in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, entered the U.S. Capitol through the Senate Wing door at 2:17 p.m., about five minutes after the first people breached the building, court documents said.
The family then went down the hall on the first floor and were part of a group that breached the police line to gain access to the rest of the building. They made their way into the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office suite for a few moments and then exited through another door.
Eventually, according to these videos, all five of the Robinsons made their way to the Speaker’s Lobby door, with the Robinsons waving and calling the crowd toward the door.
The court document said Benjamin Scott Robinson used his body and foot to pound on the door.
Officers attempted to protect the Speaker’s Lobby door as the crowd broke the glass leading to the House chamber. It was around that time that rioter Ashli Babbitt was shot, according to court documents.
After the shot was fired, all five of the Robinsons left the area and exited the building together about 2:46 p.m. spending 29 minutes in the building, based on CCV footage and court documents.
According to The State newspaper, the next scheduled court dates for Linwood Robinson Sr., Linwood Robinson, Jr. and Brittany Robinson are scheduled for May 31 with future court proceedings taking place in Washington.
All three were each released on a $25,000 unsecured bond.
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