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

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

  • Glenn Allen Brooks was arrested Friday for 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. 

The FBI arrested a California man after receiving a tip of his involvement in the January 6 Capitol riot from a church prayer group member. 

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 says. 

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

Brooks on the day of the riot texted the group “a selfie photo of himself inside the Capitol,” the complaint, dated July 27, says. 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 reportedly present.

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 building day to certify the results and verify Biden’s presidency, supporters organized an attempted coup and stormed the Capitol building.

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

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

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