HomeCrimeChristopher Carnell, David Bowman charged in Jan. 6 riot

Christopher Carnell, David Bowman charged in Jan. 6 riot

Christopher Carnell is wearing a read "Make America Great Again" baseball cap, a blue hoodie sweatshirt, and a backpack. David Bowman is wearing a green coat, blue face masks, and sunglasses.

Christopher Carnell, right, and David Worth Bowman are seen on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Jan. 6, 2021. (Image via FBI court filings.)

Two friends from North Carolina — one of whom wore a backpack embroidered with his last name on it to the Senate floor on Jan. 6 — have been charged with breaching the U.S. Capitol building.

Christopher Carnell, 20, of Cary, North Carolina, and David Worth Bowman, 21, of Raleigh, North Carolina, allegedly broke into the Capitol building along with scores of Donald Trump supporters angry over Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 presidential election. At around 2:49 p.m., according to prosecutors, Carnell and Bowman made their way to the Senate floor.

Prosecutors relied on video from the New Yorker that showed Carnell huddled with others around a desk and rifling through papers apparently linked to Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

“He was gonna sell us out all along — look!” an unidentified rioter is heard saying. “‘Objection to counting the electoral votes of the state of Arizona.””

“Wait, no,” Carnell replied, according to prosecutors. “That’s a good thing. He’s on our side. He’s with us. He’s with us.”

Carnell apparently wore a backpack with his last name stitched in white letters.

Bowman was also recorded sitting at a senator’s desk, according to prosecutors.

Carnell, who was 18 at the time of the riot, and Bowman, who was 19, are charged with obstructing an official proceeding of Congress, a felony that carries a potential 20-year prison sentence. They are also charged with a handful of trespassing and disorderly conduct misdemeanors that carry a combined statutory maximum of three years behind bars.

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