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Caught on video: ‘Cowboys for Trump’ leader Couy Griffin arrested for alleged role in U.S. Capitol riot

WASHINGTON, DC -- "Cowboys for Trump" leader and Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin was arrested by the FBI in Washington on Sunday afternoon on federal charges connected with the Jan. 6 protest-turned-riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Video posted to Twitter by a media crew (which you can view below) showed Griffin being taken into custody by authorities along a D.C. city street near the Capitol.

Sources told ABC News that Griffin was the subject of a nationwide be-on-the-lookout (BOLO) alert for his alleged participation in the Capitol riot.

As ABC-7 previously reported, Griffin had pledged to return to the Capitol for the inauguration on Jan. 20 during this past week's county commission meeting. He said he would bring two guns to Washington and “embrace” his Second Amendment rights.

The FBI on Sunday issued the following brief statement about his arrest:

"On the afternoon of January 17, 2021, the U.S. Capitol Police notified the FBI that they had detained Couy Griffin of New Mexico, who was the subject of an arrest warrant for his role in the January 6 Capitol riots. The FBI Washington Field Office took him into custody in the 400 block of North Capitol St., NW. "

Federal court records reviewed by ABC-7 show Griffin was charged with "Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority" based on videos he posted to social media and that also aired on ABC-7 from the Jan. 6 incident.

In an affidavit filed with a federal magistrate, authorities said Griffin also admitted to FBI agents that he was indeed there at the Capitol on Jan. 6, but maintained he did not participate in any violence and just got "caught up in the crowd."

In the interview with FBI agents, Griffin confirmed he was returning for the inauguration and hoped those protests would be non-violent and "without a single shot fired," but then reportedly added there was "no option that's off the table for the sake of freedom."

Griffin did not immediately respond to cell phone messages from ABC-7 seeking comment.

In the wake of his arrest, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas demanded late Sunday that Griffin resign from the Otero County Commission. If he doesn't, the attorney general said he would take "appropriate legal action to seek Griffin’s removal."

Balderas said he sent a letter sent to Griffin outlining multiple accusations requiring him to step down, including his participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, misuse of his public office for personal gain and neglect of his duties as a county commissioner.

“An elected office is a public trust, and no official should use it to encourage violence and attack Americans,” said Balderas. “My office will enforce the rule of law to ensure the public’s confidence.”

Below you can view both the entire federal court complaint and law enforcement affidavit documents obtained by ABC-7. (ABC News contributed to this report.)

Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.



  1. This scumbag is exactly the type of filth that needs to be cleaned out of the country. I’m sure he was just charged with a misdemeanor but its a start. Hopefully they will raise all these charges to felony sedition and treason and they will be put away for at least 20 years.

  2. They piece of garbage deserves to room with Larry Hopkins and a couple of Aztecas. Make them cell entertainers. He ain’t no cowboy. He’s a societal bitc&$!

  3. Six months in prison and 5k dollar fine to start with. When he gets out he will kicked out of his job for a being COWBOY FOR TRUMP with the sense of a jackass!!

  4. That’s what he gets for backing the *greatest president of all time.* Hey cowboy you will have to pay Trump for a pardon. That’s another 10k dollars for being such a gullible Trump believer.

      1. So, I want law and order and you don’t. I’m a Reagan Republican, while you’re a Trump Facist. You’re obviously for forgiving these rioters, while I want them held accountable, just like I wanted the rioters from last summer held accountable. You want accountability only for political reasons, while I want justice equally applied. You are a facist and in no way a patriotic American. Look in the mirror and be ashamed at what you see.

    1. Ain’t that the truth? You can spot them everywhere. They have that look on their face like they are having trouble with their vision and bowels at the same time.

  5. All Trump backers who believe Trump won in a Landslide are idiots who believed the biggest Trump Lie Ever! A five year old could have told them Trump was a big fat liar. But Trump backers are not as smart as a Five Year Old.😂😂😂😂😂

  6. That’s actually a great idea. I hope Biden makes this behavior/actions a felony and therefore they can’t own firearms. Also making threats of “killing” anywhere online/social media. Can’t have firearms.

      1. It’s in unbelievable mummy Jeff Allen still has a fight in him. lol. I would think at your age you’d be seeking peace and quiet. Instead you ask for an ass whoopin based on your rhetoric.

      2. BLM is an organized movement. Antifa is a non-organized anti fascist political theory. Most all Americans are anti-fascists. 81,000,000 showed up at the polls.

  7. “He tells it like it is”. Well what he did was expose all the white trash biggot. Now everyone knows who you are. Stay away anomalies!

  8. Nazi T Shirt wearing Trumptards invade the Capitol! Now do you believe that Trump backers are Nazi sympathizers? Ray Charles could see that, and he was Blind!!

  9. The buffoon was supporting Nazis when he was kidnapping children and when he said, “there were very fine people on both sides” in Charlotte. Should have been impeached then. How did this maggot ever get elected in the best country in the world?

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