An Etowah County man arrested by the FBI for his alleged role in the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C., was released on a $5,000 bond, but an Arab man charged for his role remains in federal lockup without bail.

Russell Dean Alford, owner of an auto body shop in Etowah County, was among the crowd that stormed the Capitol during a joint session of the Congress to certify the vote count of the Electoral College of the 2020 presidential election, authorities say.

Court records indicate Alford expected to be arrested.

“I wondered when y’all were going to show up,” court documents quote Alford as saying to FBI agents. “Guess you’ve seen the videos on my Facebook page.”

He is charged with entering a restricted building or grounds, and disorderly conduct. There are no allegations that Alford was armed or injured anyone.

Joshua James, 33, of Arab was arrested last month and is charged with obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting and being in a restricted building or grounds.

He remains in federal custody after the same federal judge that granted Alford bail of $5,000 denied bail to James.

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If one participates in an attempted coup against the US any in way should they not be jailed? For a loooooong time? Period!

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