The Orlando Capitol Riot suspect in custody took a selfie in the Senate Chamber, the government said
ORLANDO, Fla. – A member of the Proud Boys who found his way into the Senate Chamber and took a selfie there during the uprising in the U.S. Capitol earlier this year has been arrested in central Florida, according to federal agencies.
The US prosecutor said in a press release that 30-year-old Arthur Jackman is in custody in Orlando. He was arrested Tuesday morning, although it is unclear where the arrest took place.
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An affidavit shows that Jackman is a member of the Proud Boys, “a pro-Western fraternal organization for men,” and went to the Capitol with other members of the organization to show support for former President Donald Trump and “stop the theft “. of choice.
The FBI said Jackman was seen on messages taking a selfie in the Senate Chamber and also sent a selfie to a childhood friend who sent him a message asking if he was involved in the riot be. The accompanying text from Jackman read, according to a screenshot in the report: “We stormed and took over”.
Jackman was also seen with Joseph Biggs, a Proud Boys organizer who was also held in custody in central Florida.
Arthur Jackman is leaving federal court in Orlando on March 30, 2021. (Jeff Segers, News 6)
Agents said they interviewed Jackman at his home on Jan. 19 and he admitted to being part of the rally but said he had “no comment” when asked if he made it to the Capitol. He said he and the other Proud Boys were not there to infiltrate the Capitol and it was not a sanctioned Proud Boys event.
According to the report, the Proud Boys members present went incognito instead of wearing their signature black and yellow polo shirts.
Jackman is charged with obstructing official process, knowingly entering or residing in a restricted building or site without legal authority, and engaging in disruptive and disorderly conduct.
He appeared in court on Tuesday afternoon wearing a Proud Boys shirt that read “I am a Western chauvinist and I refuse to apologize for creating the modern world” on the back.
Pictures he took while leaving the court show that he turned his shirt over.
Arthur Jackman, center in the black t-shirt, appears before reporters and photographers in federal court in Orlando on March 30, 2021. (Jeff Segers, News 6)
A judge set his bail at $ 25,000 and ordered that his passport and all weapons from the apartment be surrendered. However, Jackman’s spouse works as a deputy for the Orange County Sheriff’s office, so her service gun can stay in the house as long as she’s locked up.
“The FBI has told OCSO that there is no evidence or indication that (Jackman’s wife) has anything to do with the January 6th events at the Capitol or is a member of any extremist organization,” said the Orange County Sheriff’s office .
On January 6, a crowd of Trump supporters pushed past the police and entered the Capitol as lawmakers prepared to confirm Joe Biden’s presidential victory. Five people died in the violence: Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick and four protesters.
At least 250 people have been arrested so far, including several Floridians.
The most notable local suspects include a Sanford firefighter, a Proud Boys organizer, and a Marion County man previously convicted of attempted murder.
Three other people – Connie and Kelly Meggs and Kenneth Harrelson – are charged with planning their actions through phone calls and online conversations as members of the Oath Keepers before January 6th.
Anyone with information about someone who was involved in the riot can find details on how to report it here.
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