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Montana appliance store owner charged in US Capitol breach

Montana appliance store owner charged in US Capitol breach

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HELENA — A Montana appliance store owner has been arrested and faces federal felony charges for his alleged participation in the breach of the U.S. Capitol while Congress was certifying the Electoral College vote.

Videos taken inside the Capitol and social media posts led to Monday's arrest of Henry Phillip Muntzer, 52, of Dillon. He was booked into the Missoula County jail, according to jail records.

Charging documents filed on Jan. 13 and unsealed Thursday indicated the FBI found videos taken at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 that included images of Muntzer inside the building.

A video taken outside the building includes an interview with Muntzer, in which he said he was inside the Capitol for about an hour, the documents said.

A Facebook post by Muntzer cited in the documents that included video taken from inside the U.S. Capitol was entitled "Stormed the Capitol in Washington DC."

In that post, court records said, he said people pushed through Capitol police and entered several chambers.

It added: "I did not see anyone get hurt other than tear gas and pepper spray and I got sprayed a lot. We sent the message that we are not going to take it, we want out country back ..."

Muntzer before Jan. 6 made several Facebook posts indicating his plans to travel to Washington D.C., rent a house and offer help for people to pay for their trip plus "floor space" in his rental for people unable to find lodging, court records said.

Muntzer is charged with illegally entering the Capitol and disorderly conduct.

Federal court documents do not yet say when he is expected to make an initial court appearance, or indicate if he has an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

The phone at his business, Dillon Appliances Inc., rang unanswered Thursday morning.

Muntzer's Facebook page is no longer online.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi dismissed critics who say that moving forward with impeachment will undercut the Biden administration's message of unity. Pelosi also said it's the responsibility of Congress to hold Former President Donald Trump accountable for inciting rioters who attacked on the U.S. Capitol.


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