William Robert Norwood III biography: 13 things about US Capitol riot suspect from Greer, South Carolina

William Robert Norwood III (©Spartanburg County Detention Center)

William Robert Norwood III (©Spartanburg County Detention Center)

William Robert Norwood III is a white man from South Carolina, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lives in Greer, South Carolina. (a)
  2. Aside from Greer, he has lived in other parts of South Carolina including Boiling Springs, Inman and Spartanburg. (b)
  3. His nickname is Robbie. (c)
  4. He has a daughter born in 2013. (d)
  5. On January 5, 2021, he sent a text message to four people saying, “I’m dressing in all black. I’ll look just like ANTIFA. I’ll get away with anything.” (e)
  6. Wearing a camouflage jacket and a red hat, he went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021. That day, Donald Trump supporters breached the building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Joe Biden‘s victory in the 2020 presidential election. (e)
  7. On January 7, 2021, he wrote in a Facebook group chat with his family, “It worked… I got away with things that others were shot or arrested for” and sent a text message saying, “The cop shot a female Trump supporter. Then allowed ‘ANTIFA Trump supporters’ to assault him. I was one of them. I was there. I took his s—.” (a)
  8. On January 22, 2021, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents interviewed him. He told the agents that he and his wife travelled to Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 to attend Trump’s rally at the Ellipse and admitted to entering the U.S. Capitol building but denied assaulting law enforcement that day. (a)
  9. An FBI special agent filed a criminal complaint against him, which was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey on February 25, 2021. FBI agents secretly followed him and arrested him at his home in Greer before the day ended.  (a) (c) 
  10. He was 37 years old when he was arrested on February 25, 2021. He was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center. (c) (e)
  11. For his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds, obstruction of justice/congress and theft of government property. He is represented by Benjamin T. Stepp. (a) (c)
  12. His sister Tracy Dubois said the political arguments between them were deep and vast but she does not believe he is violent and would have no reason to leave the area and avoid his criminal case. (d)
  13. On March 2, 2021, he attended a bond hearing at the Federal Courthouse in Greenville, South Carolina before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin McDonald, who ordered him be kept in detention. (c)


(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)


If you have information about someone who participated in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, call 1-800-CALL-FBI. You may also submit relevant photos and videos to the FBI.

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