- The FBI learned of a Capitol rioter after his mom posted photos of him in the building on Facebook.
- Tyler Slaeker was arrested on Wednesday after two of his relatives tipped off the FBI.
- Slaeker took photos and selfies inside the Capitol rotunda.
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The FBI arrested an accused Capitol rioter on Wednesday after his mother posted photos of him in the building to her Facebook account, according to newly unsealed filings from the Department of Justice.
US prosecutors charged Tyler Slaeker of Washington with two offenses:
- Entering and remaining and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds.
- Disorderly conduct and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
According to the affidavit in support of Slaeker’s arrest, two family members on his mom’s side saw her Facebook posts and tipped off investigators. One of his relatives met with investigators and pointed his likeness out in several photos taken by Capitol security cameras.
Investigators confirmed Slaeker’s presence at the Capitol by mapping his whereabouts using Verizon cell phone records and finding corroborating security footage of him taking the exact “selfies” his mother posted.
Police have arrested at least 600 people in relation to the January riots, but fewer than 30 have pleaded guilty to a crime. The FBI is still asking for help in identifying many of the Capitol protestors, particularly those that attached Capitol and Metropolitan Police officers entrusted with protecting the building.