WASHINGTON (WAVY) — Four people from the Tidewater area arrested after the Jan. 6 Capitol riots were set to make their first appearance in U.S. District Court in Washington on Tuesday.
Sweet, Fitchett and Packer had their first hearings in Norfolk on Jan 13 in Norfolk Federal Court, with backlash after Packer was released without having to pay bond.
Hiles, a charter boat captain from Virginia Beach, turned himself in to the FBI on Tuesday morning. He is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol Building.
Documents say Hiles wrote on Facebook “Feelin cute… might start a revolution later. IDK.” with a location tag reading “in Capitol Hill.”
Hiles’ neighbor says he’s not surprised by the arrest warrants due to Hiles’ past behavior. “I think what they did in the Capitol, it was awful. These people think it’s rioting and protesting, but it was far worse. It was insurrection and take-over,” the neighbor said.
Sweet and Fitchett are both from Mathews County. Neither spoke with WAVY, but Sweet’s mother said “he’s under the spell of Trump.” Packer is from the Peninsula.