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 restricted building and disorderly conduct based on the Capitol, according to a criminal complaint filed by the US 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 presented tips 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 states that Stadman posted a video of him “capital storming, then bragging.”
Bio on Twitter account describes 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 January 6, which showed a group of people “where they were breaking into the main constituency of Congress”.
NBC News reviewed the tweets noted by the @Pat_Sectedmen account and the FBI in the criminal complaint. The tweet expressed criticism of the “mainstream media” for its characterization of the riots, making the unfounded claim that the rioters were anti-fascist rather than Donald Trump supporters, and called politicians criminal.
“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 the group of Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol Building, they “must kill us all.” “Give your worst. We are armed and ready. Every other 5 we leave will change the cause,” the tweet read. “This is a revolution. Better leave now. We beat you and beat you.”
On Wednesday at Periscope Livestream, Stadman called the inauguration of President Joe Biden a “communist takeover” of the country. He claimed that the QAnon conspiracy theories “woke up so many” and refuted the idea that QAnon supporters fell to a hoax, because they “did more good than harm.”
“That is why I am not apologizing for what I have 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 on 6 January was followed by a mob 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 due to 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.