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Army Reserve veteran who served in Iraq charged in U.S. Capitol storming

Demonstrators are tear gassed outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on, Jan. 6, 2021.(Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

One of the latest accused of taking part in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol served in the Army Reserve for nearly 10 years and was deployed to Iraq, the U.S. Army confirmed Monday.

Logan Grover, 43, of Erie, was arrested Wednesday and charged with participating in the Capitol storming after FBI investigators used photos, videos and a Facebook post to place him at the scene.

He is charged with four federal crimes, including disorderly conduct, entering a restricted building, violent entry to Capitol grounds and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

Grover served in the Army Reserve as a general engineer from 2001 to 2011, public affairs specialist Matthew Leonard said in an email Monday. Grover was deployed to Iraq for one year starting in February 2004, and left the Army Reserve at the rank of captain.

Leonard declined to say how Grover was discharged, citing privacy concerns.

Grover is among dozens of U.S. military veterans who have been arrested in connection with the demonstration, according to the Associated Press. Ashli Babbitt, the 35-year-old woman killed by a Capitol police officer during the storming, was a veteran of the Air Force.

Grover rose to the attention of the FBI because of a Facebook post he wrote in which he said he planned to participate in the Jan. 6 protest at the Capitol, according to a criminal complaint. Two tipsters reported the post to the FBI.

In that post, Grover said the rally and protest would be the first he ever attended, and that he wasn’t sure exactly how to behave at such an event, according to a screenshot of the post included in the criminal complaint.

“DC Democrats have activated national guard elements to reinforce local police against Trump supporters, who have done nothing — strange that DC didn’t do that during months of rioting, looting arson & murder,” he wrote.

Grover is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday.

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