Dozens of Capitol rioters were turned in by childhood friends, family members, colleagues and ex-lovers who watched them storm the building

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After Chris Ortiz posted a series of Instagram stories from inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6, authorities say he got an Instagram message from a high school friend.

“CHRIS WHAT ARE YOU DOING,” the message said, according to court documents.

Ortiz responded, “Participating in government!”

“WHY,” the friend responded, “GO TO A TOWN HALL MEETING MAN.” 

The friend continued to message Ortiz, 27, telling him the Capitol rioters were domestic terrorists and questioning his political beliefs. Eventually, the friend turned their conversation over to the FBI. “I love you Chris but I will never understand this,” the friend said.

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Christopher Ortiz messaged with a high school friend after the friend saw him post videos from the Capitol riot.

Department of Justice

Ortiz is one of dozens of Capitol riot suspects who were reported to authorities by their own close personal contacts. According to court documents, the FBI has arrested many based on tips from family members, work colleagues, childhood friends and ex-lovers who called authorities after watching their acquaintances participate in the siege on TV or, in some cases, on the rioters’ own social media accounts. 



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