Christian Secor, UCLA Student Who Sat in Mike Pence's Chair During Capitol Riot, Arrested

A university student accused of sitting in the Senate chamber chair of then-Vice President Mike Pence during the storming of the U.S. Capitol last month has been arrested in California.

Christian Alexander Secor, 22, was allegedly among a group of rioters that stormed the building on January 6. He is accused of pushing through a doorway that was blocked by three police officers before marauding through the building with hundreds of other protesters.

The UCLA student was photographed inside the Capitol wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat and carrying a large blue "America First" flag and pole, the FBI said.

According to a criminal complaint filed the same day in the District of Columbia, tipsters provided images and videos of Secor inside the U.S. Capitol Building, both standing on the floor of the Senate chamber and sitting in the Chair of the Presiding Officer on the upper tier of the two-tiered dais at the head of the Senate chamber.

This seat is normally occupied by either the Vice President and President of the Senate, the President Pro Tempore, or another senator acting as the presiding officer in the chamber.

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Investigators viewed footage filmed by The New Yorker magazine, which was aired on MSNBC, apparently showing Secor in the Senate chair FBI

The FBI said those images were widely circulated via both mainstream news outlets and on social media platforms immediately after the riots.

Investigators viewed footage filmed by The New Yorker magazine, which was aired on MSNBC, showing individuals on the floor of the Senate chamber during the riot.

The FBI said the video showed Secor sitting in the Senate chair, which had been occupied by Vice President Pence during proceedings to certify the electoral college victory for Joe Biden earlier that day.

A screenshot from the video allegedly showed Secor sitting in the chair with what the FBI said appeared to be a blue America First flag propped against the wall behind his left shoulder.

According to the criminal complaint, Secor founded an ultra-right campus group at UCLA called "America First Bruins."

Tipsters claimed Secor, who also goes by the alias "Scuffed Elliot Rodger," defines himself as a fascist and has posted threats online and openly posted calls for America to become a whites-only nation.

Secor, the court document said, is "known to follow an extreme ideology and invite white nationalists to speak at engagements on campus."

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The UCLA student was photographed inside the Capitol wearing a red Make America Great Again hat and carrying a large blue “America First” flag and pole, the FBI said FBI

The FBI used database searches, internet searches, witness interviews, physical surveillance, and reporting from another law enforcement agency to independently confirm his identity.

A trawl of Secor's Twitter account showed he described fascism as "epic," the documents said.

Secor appeared in a federal court in Santa Ana on Tuesday. He was charged on suspicion of assaulting, resisting or impeding officers, violent entry and remaining on restricted grounds, civil disorder and obstructing an official proceeding. He was ordered to be held without bail.

Also on Tuesday, police arrested a Virginia man accused of using a stick to strike at police officers who were protecting the entryway to the U.S. Capitol building during last month's riot.