Two Sanford men are among the handful of North Carolinians charged by authorities in Washington, D.C. after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Congressional building on Wednesday, according to multiple news outlets.
According to the News & Observer’s report, Grames, Brower and a suspect from Matthews, N.C. named Earl Glosser “did not disperse after at least three warnings from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), court documents state. MPD and Capitol Police also warned people to get off of Capitol Grounds using audio-amplification devices, but Grames and Glosser did not do so, the documents state.”
Both Grames and Brower have been involved in local Republican politics. Grames was part of a pro-Trump convoy held in east Sanford back in September in which a Trump flag was ripped off his vehicle, causing a window to break. Grames told police at the time that he was spit on during the incident. Meanwhile, both men spoke at a December meeting of the Lee County Board of Commissioners, with Brower calling Gov. Roy Cooper’s call for civil penalties for violations of the state’s COVID protocols “unconstitutional.”
According to the report in the Herald, both men were released from custody on a written promise to appear in court after pleading not guilty to the charges.