New details in the arrest of a Lafayette man for his alleged involvement in U.S. Capitol riots

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)- A Lafayette man has been arrested for his alleged participation in the Jan. 6, 2020, riots at the U.S. Capitol.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Vaughn Gordan, 50, was arrested Thursday. The Lafayette man made an initial appearance Thursday via videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Hanna in Lafayette. He faces two charges, including one count of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority. Gordon is being held in the St. Martin Parish Jail.

Gordon told The Advocate that he was able to wander the building for nearly two hours, adding he remained peaceful and didn’t vandalize anything.and was scheduled to appear in federal court that afternoon.

In Gordon’s arrest narrative, FBI Special Agent Andrew Berger reported that Gordon posted several pictures of himself at the Capitol during the riot last week on Facebook, with one caption reading “Live inside the Congress building. It was worth the tear gas.”

Berger’s report also indicates that a witness interviewed by law enforcement identified Gordon from pictures taken at the Capitol riot after having “multiple face-to-face interactions” with him. The FBI was also sent multiple tips as to Gordon’s identity, including his Facebook posts, according to the arrest report.

More than 80 people involved in the riot at the Capitol last week have been arrested so far. Five people have died related to the attack, including one Capitol Police officer.

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