A self-described “dating and relationship strategist” from New Jersey was charged with rioting on Thursday, April 6. The Capitol riot took place after posting several videos on Twitter.
Patrick Stedman, 32, is facing unlawful entry of a prohibited building and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds, according to a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
The New Jersey native was brought to the FBI’s attention after former college and high school classmates submitted suggestions based on their tweets.
Classmates were “one hundred percent” certain that @Pat_Sectedman’s tweets were from Stedman, a tipster who told the FBI that he believed Stedman still lived with his parents. Tips said Stadman posted a video of him “capital storming, then bragging about it later.”
Bio on Twitter account describes Bio Stedman as a “dating + relationship strategist” who “can read people like books and help them change their story.” There is also a link to sign up for the daily email “On Sex and Women’s Psychology”.
According to the complaint, the account posted video from the Capitol on 6 January, which showed a group of people “where they were breaking into the main constituency of Congress”.
NBC News reviewed the @Pat_Sectedmen account and tweets by the FBI in a criminal complaint. The tweet expressed criticism of the “mainstream media” for its characterization of the riots, making unfounded claims that the rioters were anti-fascist rather than Donald Trump supporters, and termed politicians as criminals.
“I did not touch anyone and destroyed zero property,” one tweet read. “The police let us go – thousands of us. Ever heard of citizen journalism? “
Another tweet dated January 9 stated that outside a group of Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol Building would “kill us all.” “Give your worst. We are armed and ready. Every other one we leave will change the other 5 reasons,” the tweet read. “This is a revolution. Better leave now. We beat you and will beat you.”
At a Periscope livestream on Wednesday, Stadman called the inauguration of President Joe Biden a “communist takeover” of the country. He claimed that QAnon conspiracy theories “led many to wake up” and refuted the idea that QAnon supporters fell to a hoax, as they “did more good than harm.”
“That’s why I’m not apologizing for everything I’ve done in the last 10 months. Why would I apologize for this? “
FBI agents matched Stadman’s driving license photo with videos where Stadman introduced himself with the name and discussed details of being inside the Capitol, including sitting in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to the complaint.
The riot occurred on January 6 after a crowd of Trump supporters, who had just attended a rally in Washington, where the former president spoke – stormed the US Capitol and Congressional acceptance of electoral college votes Was formally delayed. President Joe Biden. Five people died in the violence.
Stadman was set for a virtual appearance on Thursday afternoon with the District Court of New Jersey. Court documents were not immediately available to Stadman.
A phone call to Stadman was not immediately returned on Thursday.