Chris Grider, of Chilton Texas, was arrested on a federal warrant after he entered the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as rioters stormed the building is denied bond on Wednesday and ordered to transfer back to Washington, D.C., where he will remain until his trial.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Hightower issued the order after a detention hearing Wednesday in Austin.
“The nature and circumstances of the offenses charged support a finding that Mr. Grider’s release would pose a serious danger to the community,” Hightower said in the order.
Grider was in the Capitol when Ashli Babbitt, a U.S. Air Force veteran from the San Diego area, was struck by a shot fired through a glass door on the second floor of the building as protesters forced their way into Speaker Pelosi’s chambers.
The judge added that Grider also pushed and kick that barrier with the throng, which included rioter Ashli Babbitt, who was shot dead while trying to breach the barrier.
Before Judge Hightower issued her ruling, Grider’s defense counsel Brent Mayr told her that three of his client’s friends and associates were willing to testify that he was a religious and peaceful man—not an insurrectionist.