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A Trump supporter was arrested after a church prayer group member sent texts to the FBI that showed him inside the Capitol on January 6

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Capitol-riot defendant Glenn Brooks as pictured in the FBI's criminal complaint.
  • Glenn Allen Brooks was arrested over his alleged involvement with the Capitol riot on January 6.
  • Brooks texted selfies of himself inside the Capitol to a chat group full of church prayer members.
  • One of the group members then tipped off the FBI.
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The FBI arrested a California man after receiving a tip of his involvement in the January 6 Capitol riot from a member of a church prayer group.

Glenn Allen Brooks "boasted of his active participation" in the riot and "sent photos of his attendance" to a text chat group full of church prayer members, a criminal complaint said.

A member of the group - who was not identified in the complaint - provided that information to the FBI, leading to Brooks' arrest on Thursday.

On the day of the riot, Brooks texted the group "a selfie photo of himself inside the Capitol," the complaint, dated July 27, said. Weeks later, the unnamed group member passed it along to officials investigating the insurrection.

The FBI charged Brooks with "entering and remaining and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds," and "disorderly conduct and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building."

So far, at least 599 people have been charged in relation to the Capitol riot.

The Capitol riot left five people, including one police officer , dead. Members of the Proud Boys, which is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, were present, a Vice reporter tweeted .

Organizers were emboldened by former President Donald Trump's urges to protest the results of the 2020 election with him, despite Democrat Joe Biden's election victory. While members of Congress were meeting inside the Capitol to certify the results and verify Biden's presidency, Trump supporters organized an attempted coup and stormed the Capitol.

In February, insurrectionists scrambled to delete photos and social-media posts proving their participation in the Capitol riot. Some broke their cellphones, scrubbed their social-media accounts, and tried to wipe hard drives that might contain photos and other proof of their involvement.

But others boasted of their involvement , making it easier for the FBI to catch and charge them.

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MZ pollyannaprissypants

I'm over here laughing my behind off at the one who tried to delete their photos and scrub their social media pages. They were so so bold they were they have so much courage on January 6th I'll need to show their true colors afterwards. and they still got caught. they all deserve to be locked up for treason

trump is a smuck

this is a false preacher, bc if he was of good faith and a real christen he wouldn't been there, jesus isn't a hate jesus, he is a loving jesus

Bad O

Well it's official those People who went in the Capital Building on 6 Jan 2021 definitely weren't the brightest bulb in the pack. You just can't make this 💩 up in a million years.


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