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Central Texas businessman arrested in connection to U.S. Capitol riot to be detained until trial

Chris Grider
Posted at 8:03 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 15:21:41-05

A Central Texas businessman who was arrested after allegedly entering the U.S. Capitol during the January 6 riot will remain in federal custody until his trial.

On Wednesday, January 27, U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Hightower approved an order of detention pending trial for Christopher Ray Grider.

Judge Hightower said she made the decision based on facts presented at the hearing as well as "the nature and circumstances of the offenses charged."

On Jan. 27th, Judge Hightower ordered Grider be transferred to Washington D.C. to be held without bond pending further proceedings.

On Feb. 8, Judge Hightower refused for a second time to reopen the detention hearing for Grider as she no longer has jurisdiction in the case, according to Judge Hightower’s Courtroom Deputy.

A criminal complaint was filed against Grider for willfully injuring or committing any depredation against any government property or contracts, knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds.

He surrendered himself to FBI agents in Austin on January 21.

Judge Hightower said Grider's release "would pose a serious danger to the community."