Riot investigation arrests far-flung personality ‘Baked Alaska’


WASHINGTON (AP) – Far-South media personality Tim Gionette, who calls himself “Baked Alaska,” has been arrested by the FBI for involvement in a riot in the US Capitol, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

According to the officer, Gionette was arrested in Houston on Saturday by federal agents who were not authorized to discuss the matter before the public release of a criminal complaint and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump created uproar in the Capitol on 6 January as Congress was meeting to vote to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory. Five people died in the scuffle.

Law enforcement officers around the country are working to locate and arrest suspects who have committed federal crimes and have brought about 100 cases to federal court and the District of Columbia Superior Court so far.

Gionette posted video showing Trump supporters in “Make America Great Again” and “God bless Trump” mingling with officials in the Capitol and taking selfies with them who calmly asked them to leave the campus. Trump supporters talked among themselves, laughed, and told the officials and each other: “This is only the beginning.”

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