The FBI on Friday, Jan. 15, arrested a young man belonging to the leftist radical group antifa, accused of organizing and recruiting people to violently attack potential pro-Trump demonstrators who might show up at the Florida Capitol on Jan. 20.
The arrested youth was identified as Daniel Alan Baker, who referred to himself as a “staunch leftist” and now faces charges accused by prosecutors for “a call to arms for like-minded people to violently confront” Trump supporters at the Tallahassee Capitol.
As of this week, thousands of pro-President Donald Trump and pro-democracy protesters are expected to gather across the country on Jan. 20, the date set for Democrat Joe Biden’s inauguration as president.
Prosecutors allege that Baker has been organizing and gathering recruits to join him in rounding up protesters and restrain them with guns.
They also claim that Baker participated in multiple leftist protests across the United States last summer and is accused of promoting and encouraging his supporters on “how to incapacitate and weaken law enforcement officers.”
Police reported that Baker is a former U.S. Army airborne soldier, but he was dismissed from service for repeated late arrivals and has a history of expressing belief in violent tactics.
According to reports in court documents, Baker had participated as a soldier in the Kurdish YPG militia, which led to his being categorized as a “dangerous extremist.”
“The law-abiding public is safer now that he has been arrested. We are, and will continue to be, on high alert and will take all appropriate action against credible threats,” said Lawrence Keefe, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
In light of the insecurity expected in the coming days by radical leftist protesters, such as Baker, the former president of Trump’s 2016 campaign in Orange County urged Trump’s supporters to stay away from any protests this weekend at the state Capitol, to avoid conflicts with leftist fanatics who are sure to go looking for trouble, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
The FBI also sent a special statement to state authorities around the country, warning of the possibility of armed protests in all 50 capitals. The warning message is valid from now until after Inauguration Day.