Prosecutors say Andrew Taake of Texas used the relationship app Bumble whereas in Washington on January 6. The match requested if he was close to the Capitol and he mentioned he was there “from the very beginning.” He despatched a number of selfies and claimed that he spent 30 minutes within the constructing.
Within days, the match turned him in to the FBI, prosecutors mentioned Friday in new courtroom filings.
Screenshots of their Bumble chat present that Taake instructed the match he was “peacefully standing there” on the Capitol. But prosecutors say he was concerned in two violent assaults in opposition to police who have been defending the constructing. Footage from the entrance traces exhibits Taake utilizing pepper spray in opposition to the police line and later hanging police with a metallic whip, based on courtroom filings.
He has been charged with a number of federal crimes, together with felony assault on a police officer, civil dysfunction and obstruction of congressional proceedings. He hasn’t but entered a plea.