Man arrested after church prayer group member sends FBI photos of him inside Capitol Building

The FBI arrested a California Trump supporter 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 protest and “sent photos of his attendance” to a group chat full of church prayer members, a criminal complaint says. From the criminal complaint: “Following the events at the U.S. Capitol, the FBI received an electronic tip concerning Glenn Brooks’s (‘BROOKS’) potential involvement in breaching the Capitol. On or about January 30, 2021, the FBI received an electronic tip from Witness #1, who stated that a member of his/her church prayer text group, Glenn BROOKS, boasted of his active participation in the January 6, 2021, events at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.”

The statement continued: “Witness #1 also stated that BROOKS sent photos of his attendance at the Capitol to the church text group that included other people at the riots/protest and a selfie photo of himself inside the Capitol. Finally, the surveillance video of BROOKS entering the Capitol clearly shows BROOKS’ clothing and physical attributes, including his white beard, and they appear to match the person in the selfie photograph that BROOKS sent to his church text group of himself inside the Capitol (including a distinct scarf, red jacket, and hat),” the complaint read.

A member of the group, who was not identified in the complaint — provided information to the FBI, which lead 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. 



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