Riot Suspect James Little Texted 'Just Took Over' the Capitol—His Family Called the FBI

A North Carolina man who texted a family member to say he "took over" the Capitol on January 6 has been charged after the relative informed the FBI.

James "Les" Little, 64, of Claremont was indicted after the tip-off alleging that he took part in the riot, according to unsealed court documents seen by The Charlotte Observer

"We just took over the Capital [sic]," he texted a family member from inside the building, the court papers said.

"And you are bragging?" the unidentified family member asked. The relative went on: "'We'? THIS IS TREASON!!! IF YOU DON'T CONDEMN THIS, NEVER BOTHER SPEAKING TO ME AGAIN! HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE PEOPLE. IT'S A COUP! YOU OBVIOUSLY HATE AMERICA!!!"

In response, Little said: "We are stopping treason. Stealing elections is treason! "We're not going to take it anymore!

"You'll thank me for saving your freedom and [money] later."

Another family member is said to have posted a Facebook status update asking people to pray for Little because he was returning from Washington D.C., reported WBTV.

One week after the storming of the Capitol, Little was interviewed by federal agents. According to an FBI affidavit, Little admitted traveling to D.C. to attend protests in support of Donald Trump, who has made baseless claims that the presidential election was "stolen" from him.

Little said he had originally had no intention of entering the Capitol. Once inside, he admitted smiling at and "fist bumping" others in the building. He also took photos of himself in the Senate chamber and sent them to people he trusted, according to the FBI.

Little has been charged with unlawful entry onto government grounds, two counts of disorderly conduct in a restricted building or on Capitol grounds, and parading or demonstrating in the Capitol.

The 64-year-old is one of a number of suspects charged in connection with the riot on January 6 after friends or family members informed the authorities.

In January, Steven M. D'Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Washington field office, warned those who took part in the violence that their loved ones were already turning them in.

"Here's something you should know: every FBI field office in the country is looking for you," D'Antuono said. "Even your friends and family are tipping us off. So you might want to consider turning yourself in instead of wondering when we're going to come knocking on your door—because we will."

Five people died during the violence that erupted on January 6, including a Capitol police officer.

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Supporters of Donald Trump outside the Capitol on January 6. Some stormed the building in an attempt to halt the certification of Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election. ALEX EDELMAN / AFP/Getty Images