A Bumble suitor has been turned in to the FBI by his potential love match after he allegedly boasted about his participation within the U.S. Capitol riot on the relationship app.
Andrew Quentin Taake, 32, was arrested on Friday at his dwelling in Houston, after investigators mentioned that he whipped and pepper sprayed Capitol Police officers through the riot on January 6.
Even as Taake took half in storming the Capitol, he was actively attempting to woo a love curiosity on Bumble, sending selfies of himself becoming a member of the mob, in accordance to a prison grievance.
Taake by no means met up along with his Bumble match in individual, and simply days later, on January 9, the match got here ahead to the FBI, offering incriminating screenshots to investigators.
A Bumble match shared these screenshots with the FBI, displaying him sending a selfie (proper) from the Capitol riot and boasting that he had simply been pepper sprayed
The FBI says that footage captured Taake wielding a whip through the riot and utilizing it to assault Capitol cops
A prison grievance particulars the fees in opposition to Taake in reference to the riot
The screenshots included a selfie that Taake despatched, which he mentioned had been taken ‘about half-hour’ after being pepper sprayed, in accordance to the grievance.
Though Bumble profiles solely show first names, Taake’s recognized him because the proprietor of Hi-Flow Houston, an influence washing service, permitting the FBI to shortly zero in on his true id.
Investigators found quite a few public movies and Capitol surveillance that seem to present Taake collaborating within the riot and illegally getting into the Capitol.
One picture included within the grievance seems to present Taake spraying Capitol cops within the face with pepper spray.
In different footage, Taake might be seen wielding a whip-like weapon and utilizing it to assault Capitol cops earlier than retreating again into the group, in accordance to the grievance.
Surveillance footage of the Capitol reveals Taake wandering the halls of the constructing carrying the whip, in accordance to the FBI.
One picture included within the grievance seems to present Taake spraying Capitol cops within the face with pepper spray
In different footage, Taake might be seen wielding a whip-like weapon and utilizing it to assault Capitol cops earlier than retreating again into the group, the FBI mentioned
The FBI says that this bodycam footage reveals Taake collaborating within the riot
The FBI was additionally ready to verify that Taake took a Spirit Airlines flight from Houston to Baltimore/Washington International Airport on January 5, earlier than returning to Texas on January 8, in accordance to the grievance.
Cell cellphone tower information additionally positioned him within the space of the Capitol through the riot, the FBI mentioned.
FBI brokers interviewed Taake at his Houston dwelling and say that they had been ready to positively determine him as the person seen within the incriminating footage from the Capitol.
Taake is charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding sure officers, obstruction of an official continuing and can be dealing with a number of different federal prices.
He made his first court docket look on Friday and is being held in federal custody. It was unclear whether or not he had an lawyer to converse on his behalf.
Taake is seen on this surveillance footage getting into the Capitol on January 6, the FBI says
Taake was seen wandering the Capitol holding his whip weapon, in accordance to the FBI
Taake overtly carried his whip by the halls of Congress, the FBI mentioned
Investigators mentioned they recognized Taake as the person seen within the surveillance footage
It will not be the primary time Bumble has been used to bust a Capitol rioter.
In April, Robert Chapman of New York informed one among his Bumble matches that he ‘did storm the Capitol’ and mentioned that he ‘made all of it the way in which into Statuary Hall.’
The different Bumble consumer replied, ‘we’re not a match’ and shortly notified the FBI.
Chapman was arrested and charged with getting into restricted buildings and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and is subsequent due in court docket on September 10.
For a time following the riot, Bumble disabled the flexibility to seek for matches by political affiliation, after studies that some customers had been trying to catfish conservatives and get them to incriminate themselves within the riot.
More than 535 individuals have been arrested In relation to the Capitol breach, together with not less than 165 who are charged with assaulting or impeding regulation enforcement.
The investigation continues.