SPRING, Texas – A local man arrested and charged in the Capitol riot appeared in federal court Tuesday.
Joshua R. Lollar will be released from Conroe Tuesday on $50,000 unsecured bond.
The terms of his release include these conditions:
- Home detention — with GPS tracking — also with provisions to see attorney, court visits, doctor’s office, pick up children on weekends
- Travel restricted to Harris County and counties that touch Harris County
- Can leave for travel to Washington, D.C. for court appearances, but his probation officer must know
- He will have no access to firearms, gas masks, body armor. All are to be kept in possession of his father, Grover Lollar, who appeared in court.
“I live with my parents,” Lollar said from his Zoom video appearance.
So the judge asked if that was feasible, considering he’d live with his father.
“Yes, ma’am,” said Grover Lollar to the judge’s query about whether the father had the ability to keep the guns out of his son’s possession.
“He will have no knowledge of where they are,” Grover Lollar said.
Joshua Lollar’s father is a third-party custodian. Both will have to appear in federal court on Thursday morning to sign the bond agreement.
Joshua Lollar said he was in the military and has received disability since 2009. He said he’s being treated for PTSD. He also cited other injuries sustained from combat.
Prior to Tuesday, Lollar was held in federal custody. Federal prosecutors said he has a history of psychological issues.
Lollar is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and impeding or disrupting official functions, obstructing or impeding law enforcement officer during civil disorder and obstructing federally protection function and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, according to a complaint filed with U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The federal complaint against Lollar includes photos and screen grabs that investigators say show Lollar “clashing with and overtaking police officers.” Federal agents said Lollar was at the leading edge of the angry mob that attempted to push past a line of law enforcement officers who were dressed in riot control gear.
A former co-worker who follows him on social media turned him into federal authorities. One of the posts Lollar had up had the caption “inside the Capitol.” Part of the caption from another read “it’s about to get spicey in her boi!”
According to court papers, bodycam footage from one of the police officers shows a man believed to be Lollar wearing a gas mask, black-gloved and a tan-colored body armor vest. When FBI agents show up to Lollar’s home in Spring, he let them search his phone and agents got a warrant for his Facebook account. Records show he posted the following: “Just got gassed and fought with cops that I never thought would happen ... I don’t know what we can do, but I’m trying my best to get it done peaceful. We can’t loose (sic) our America.”