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A relative tipped off FBI about NC man's role in Capitol attack. Claremont resident said he 'got caught up.'
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A relative tipped off FBI about NC man's role in Capitol attack. Claremont resident said he 'got caught up.'

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James Leslie Little posted a short video of the Washington, D.C., subway to YouTube on Jan. 7.

“... Riding the train back from the peaceful and fun Stop the Steal rally!” the resident of Claremont, N.C. proclaimed in the video description.

More than two months after that post, Little, 51, is facing charges related to participation in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

He is scheduled to make his first appearance in Washington, D.C., federal court via Zoom on Wednesday.

The FBI was tipped off by one of Little’s relatives, who was not named in court documents.

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Texts included in the document show an angry exchange between Little and the relative in which Little says he and others have taken over the Capitol.

Little went on to text the relative: “We are stopping treason! Stealing elections is treason! We’re not going to take it anymore!”

The court documents include an account of an interview Little did with the FBI on Jan. 13 in which he told authorities “he had no intention of entering the Capitol when he went to the protest, but that he got caught up in the moment.”

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Little went on to say that he walked around celebrating with other people and took pictures of himself in the U.S. Senate chambers that he sent to people close to him. He declined to share these photos with the FBI.

Other evidence referenced in the documents included images of Little in the Capitol and cellphone data obtained with a warrant.

Kevin Griffin is the City of Hickory reporter at the Hickory Daily Record.

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