Infowars Host Owen Shroyer 'To Turn Himself In to FBI' Over Capitol Riot Allegations

Infowars host Owen Shroyer will turn himself in to the FBI later today over allegations relating to the January 6 Capitol riot, according to an update on the conspiracy theory website.

Shroyer, from Texas, was charged on August 19 with two criminal complaints connected to the January 6 riot at the Capitol.

In a court report seen by Newsweek, U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui listed the offenses Shroyer allegedly committed as "knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority" and "violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds."

The Infowars host said he was at the Capitol on January 6 reporting as a journalist. Shroyer added: "We were there because we wanted to have a peaceful demonstration that we thought could change America for the better."

Shroyer, who hosts the War Room with Owen Shroyer show on Infowars, has strongly denied any wrongdoing and during a Sunday update on his legal defense funding said: "I'm obviously completely innocent of the charges."

The Infowars host added he and the station's founder Alex Jones had in fact tried to stop people from entering the Capitol building on January 6.

He later added: "We have the entire bodycam footage that shows that Infowars and our crew never had any intentions to disrupt anything, never had any intentions for any violence and we're on record trying to stop that from happening."

An update on Infowars appeared to confirm Shroyer intends to cooperate with law enforcement and read: "War Room host to turn himself in to FBI on Monday."

A legal defense fundraiser on the self-styled Christian crowdfunding website Give Send Go has since been launched by Shroyer and has accumulated $143,237 in donations out of a requested total of $250,000 as of Monday morning.

The page said all funds would "go directly and exclusively towards Owen's legal counsel and fees."

Shroyer said an earlier GoFundMe campaign was removed by the website organizers and added he had been "kicked off from crowdfunding" on the platform.

Newsweek has contacted Infowars and GoFundMe for comment.

It is, however, not the first time Shroyer has had a run-in with law enforcement while at the Capitol.

In December 2019, Shroyer disrupted a House Judiciary Committee meeting by jumping from his seat in the audience and shouted while it was still in session. After Shroyer was removed from the chamber, he was placed under arrest.

According to the court document, Shroyer entered into a Community Service Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) where he agreed not to violate its conditions or laws and also to complete 32 hours of "verified community service."

The court report said due to the nature of the offense, the DPA included special conditions for Shroyer, which included him not using "loud, threatening, or abusive language, or to engage in any disorderly or disruptive conduct, at any place upon the United States Capitol Grounds, or within any of the Capitol Buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt or disturb the orderly conduct of any session of the Congress or either House."

It also added Shroyer had also agreed not to "parade, demonstrate, or picket within any of the Capitol Buildings."

The document defined the term "United States Capitol Grounds" as spanning 3rd Street NW on the west side of the Capitol building to 2nd Street SE on the east side of the Capitol Building.

Shroyer claimed to have completed his community service and that officials were aware of it.

During the Sunday update, Shroyer said that officials "have that document," but that a "mishap" meant he filed it at 30 hours served rather than the required 32.

He did claim to have served all 32 hours and that "it's all been signed" by officials.

On January 6, supporters of Donald Trump forced their way into the Capitol building in hope of overturning the 2020 election and stopping Joe Biden from being certified as victor.

During the riot, infiltrators broke into the capitol where they damaged property and one Trump supporter, Ashli Babbitt, was shot dead as a result of the breach.

More than 600 people have been charged in relation to the Capitol riot in the months following January 6.

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InfoWars host Owen Shroyer has said he will turn himself in to the FBI. In this photo, Shroyer is removed from a public impeachment inquiry hearing with the House Judiciary Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill December 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. Anna Moneymaker/Getty