Orlando man becomes 25th Central Florida arrest connected to Capitol riots

Robert Fairchild, 40, facing multiple federal charges

Robert Fairchild's 2014 mugshot (WKMG 2021)

ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orlando man became the 25th person from Central Florida arrested in connection to the Capitol riot.

Robert Flynt Fairchild, 40, a U.S. military veteran, was arrested by FBI agents on Friday morning.

He’s charged with nine counts, which include entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, assaulting and resisting officers, civil disorder and obstructing an official proceeding.

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The charges stem from Jan. 6 when hundreds of people stormed the U.S. Capitol building interrupting a joint session of Congress where lawmakers convened to certify the election of President Joseph Biden.

According to documents obtained by News 6, investigators claim a man resembling Fairchild was seen on Capitol Police body worn camera moving barriers along the West Plaza.

FBI investigators claim body worn camera footage shows Robert Fairchild outside the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6. (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

They said he was eventually seen moving them toward Capitol police officers.

They claimed video images inside the Capitol show Fairchild walking around the Senate Wing hallway.

Investigators said Fairchild’s brother-in-law, who is a deputy in Georgia, identified him from a “wanted” image on the FBI’s Capitol riot website.

FBI investigators claim surveillance camera footage shows Robert Fairchild inside the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6. (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

During his initial appearance before a federal magistrate on Friday, few details of the allegations against Fairchild were revealed by prosecutors.

Fairchild was ordered to be released from custody without bond.

He was also ordered to surrender his firearm, remain in Central Florida or Washington, D.C. for court hearings and consent to a mental evaluation.

If convicted of all of the charges against him, he faces a maximum of 34 years in prison and $855,000 in fines.


About the Author:

Erik Sandoval joined the News 6 team as a reporter in May 2013 and became an Investigator in 2020. During his time at News 6, Erik has covered several major stories, including the 2016 Presidential campaign. He was also one of the first reporters live on the air at the Pulse Nightclub shooting.