A Texas man rushed into the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and attacked the police with pepper spray and what appeared to be a whip. He was arrested on Friday after boasting about the incident on the dating app Bumble.
According to a Criminal complaint Submitted on Wednesday FBI After sharing screenshots of their January conversation at an anonymous Bumble game, they were first told that Andrew Taake of Houston was present during the Capitol attack.
During the conversation, the Bumble user, who did not want to be named, asked Tucker on January 6 whether he was “close to all operations” and he replied that he was “being there from the beginning.”
Taake also stated that he was sprayed with pepper by the police and claimed to have spent at least 30 minutes in the Capitol. He told Bumble the game that he “standing there calmly” and “was the first person sprayed that day.”
Within a few days of their communication, the anonymous Bumble user notified the FBI that Taake was involved in the riot by sending screenshots of their conversation on January 6 and his location.
Based on this prompt, the FBI reviewed Tucker’s flight records and found that he had flown from Houston to Washington on January 5. The FBI then found publicly released videos and images that showed Tucker used pepper spray against the police and later attacked the police with something that looked like metal, according to court documents, a whip.
Tucker was arrested in Texas on Friday and has been arrested. Accused of multiple federal crimes, Including felony assault on the police, civil strife, and obstruction of Congressional procedures. He has not yet filed a defense.
Tucker is now the second congressional rioter identified by the police through Bumble. April, one New York man arrested and charged After he brags about a game, he “really rushed into the Capitol” and “broken all the way into the statue hall”.
According to Houston public media reports, Tucker is the ninth person arrested in Houston due to the Capitol riots.Five people were killed after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to try to block the president’s election certification Joe Biden.
So far, the FBI has arrested more than 535 people in connection with the riots.However, the agency said More than 300 people have not yet been identified It is believed that they committed acts of violence in the Capitol, including more than 200 people who attacked the police.