Another Houston resident arrested for alleged role in Jan. 6 insurrection

Court documents show that Alexander Fan allegedly broke into a senate staff office.


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In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, violent rioters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell and others would later testify on during the first hearing of the select committee investigating the insurrection, that he and other officers were “punched, pushed, kicked, shoved, sprayed with chemical irritants and even blinded with eye-damaging lasers.”

Another person from Houston was arrested Thursday in relation to the January 6 insurrection, FBI says.

Court documents show that the man, Alexander Fan, is alleged to have broken into a senate staff office, alongside Juan Rodriguez, of Central Falls, Rhode Island, and an unidentified man.

Officials say that they found the three men locked inside the office. The panes of a window in the office, which had been shattered earlier in the day, were empty and glass was strewn on the ground. They then escorted the men out of the building.

FBI Court documents
Alexander Fan took a selfie after he allegedly broke into a staff office at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

According to court documents, Fan took a selfie from inside of the office, and a picture of his hat sitting on a desk in the office. In an interview with agents, he confirmed that he went to Washington to attend the Trump "Stop the Steal" rally on Jan. 6, 2021, and that he had entered the Capitol Building twice. The first time he was turned around by police, the second time he crawled through the broken window into the office.

A criminal complaint with arrest was filed June 23 for Fan and Rodriguez. They were both charged with Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds, Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds, Disorderly Conduct in Capitol and Building or Grounds and Parading, Demonstrating or Picketing in a Capitol Building.

Fan's bond has been set at $20,000. As conditions of his release, if he makes bond, he has to surrender his passport and if he travels outside the Houston area he has to get it pre-approved. He would also not be allowed to travel to DC, except for court appearances and to meet with attorneys.

Fan is one of at least eight people from the Houston area to be arrested in relation to the insurrection, according to the United States Department of Justice. More than 1,000 people from across the U.S. have been charged for their parts in the riot. The DOJ says that the siege at the Capitol caused around $2.8 million in damages, and that approximately 140 officers were assaulted.

Houston Public Media reached out to Fan’s attorney for comment, but didn't receive a response at the time of publication.