By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
More than one year after it took place, a Cody man has been charged with participating in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Andrew James Galloway was charged in federal court on Jan. 4 with entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.
Galloway has not yet entered a plea to the charges.
According to documents filed in U.S. District Court, Galloway was one of the people who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in response to Congress certifying the vote count that confirmed President Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
Five people died as a result of the attack.
Following the Capitol attack, the FBI received an online tip concerning Galloway’s participation in the riot, according to an affidavit filed by an investigator.
The tip referenced a TikTok video in which Galloway states “Yeah, that was us today. No, it wasn’t Antifa.” While the video has been deleted from TikTok, a similar one was uploaded to YouTube.
After receiving the tip, the FBI identified Galloway in Capitol surveillance footage. At 2:24 on Jan. 6, he entered the Capitol through a breached window. He walked around in the building, and left through the same window about 10 minutes later, the affidavit said.
In the YouTube video, a man identified as Galloway is clearly visible due to a winter toboggan hat that had “TRUMP” written on it that he wore. The man is wearing the hat in the TikTok video.
After identifying Galloway in the video, the FBI interviewed him at his home. He positively identified himself in the video and did not dispute that he was at the Capitol. However, he said he did not enter the building, but only approached from the outside.
However, agents identified him in surveillance footage and also noted that his cell phone GPS pinged inside of the Capitol.