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Cherryville man charged in connection to Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol

Grayson Sherrill is facing multiple charges after federal agents said he was part of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, protesting the 2020 election.

CHERRYVILLE, N.C. — A Cherryville, North Carolina, man has been charged in connection to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, according to the FBI. 

Grayson Sherrill of Cherryville was charged Monday. According to court records, Sherrill is facing charges of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without authority, knowingly engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct in any restricted building and violent entry/disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds.

On Jan. 6, rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol grounds at around 2 p.m., breaking into the US Capitol Building around 2:45 p.m., making it as far as the House Chambers, where just minutes before, the U.S. Congress was beginning to certify the electoral college results. 

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According to court records, the FBI began posting photos of the rioters asking for help identifying the suspects. Two people contacted detectives about a photo that with a man wearing a red "Keep America Great" sweatshirt. The man is not wearing a face mask and his hair was pulled back in a ponytail. The witnesses informed the FBI the man was Grayson Sherrill, and federal agents matched his description in several other photos from Jan. 6. 

Both witnesses were family members, who contacted the authorities after Sherrill's father reportedly texted another family member a photo of his son inside the Capitol.

Detectives were able to get a driver's license photo of Sherrill, which they say matched the photos from the Capitol. Based on that evidence, investigators charged Sherrill.

The United States Department of Justice has kept a running list of defendants charged in federal court in the District of Columbia related to crimes committed at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Four people are listed that were arrested in North Carolina, but Sherrill is not yet on that list. 

The FBI has been working to identify individuals involved in the violence for nearly two months. 

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