Jason Riddle, Man Who Drank Wine and Stole Fox News Football During Capitol Riot, Charged

A New Hampshire man who admitted stealing and drinking a bottle of wine during the storming of the U.S. Capitol has been charged.

Jason Riddle, of Keene, is charged with knowingly entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and theft of government property, according to a criminal complaint.

In the wake of the attack on January 6, Riddle admitted to the FBI and local television stations that he stole a bottle of wine from a liquor cabinet inside a lawmaker's office after gaining entry into the Capitol building. He said he then poured himself a glass and "watched it all unfold."

Speaking to NBC10 Boston, Riddle said he went to Washington, D.C. to dispute the results of the presidential election that Donald Trump lost.

"He's winning the election when I go to sleep and then I wake up and, somehow, he's magically losing now?" Riddle said.

Riddle denounced the rioters he saw committing violent acts inside the Capitol building, stating: "Those psychopaths going around breaking things and hurting people can rot in hell."

He added to NBC10 Boston: "It definitely is not what it was supposed to be about. It wasn't getting anything accomplished."

Riddle added that he "chugged" the wine before leaving the Capitol. He shared a selfie of him holding the bottle with local news stations.

He admitted that he also took a book from the office where he found the wine. The book, which had the words "Senate Procedure" on the cover, was described by Riddle as old looking, bound in reddish-brown leather and "like a dictionary," according to the criminal complaint.

He added that he sold the book to an unknown man for $40 shortly after he exited the Capitol.

Riddle also admitted that he stole a small Fox News football from the same office, but said he tossed it aside as he left the building.

In an interview with FBI agents, Riddle said that at some point after the Capitol riots, he had removed some messages, photos and videos of his D.C. trip from his phone in what he described as a "delete frenzy."

Riddle's phone was seized by investigators on January 22. It contained several images inside and outside the Capitol building, including the photo of him holding the wine bottle and a picture of the Senate Procedure book.

Riddle also photographed rioters "actively causing destruction and damages of U.S. government property" on January 6.

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Jason Riddle shared pictures of him drinking the wine he took from an office in the Capitol with local news stations. FBI