A federal law enforcement agency detained a North Carolina man who supported Donald Trump.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested Matthew Beddingfield for allegedly joining the Capitol riots while facing unrelated charges on Feb. 2.
FBI agents responded to multiple complaints against the Trump supporter on the HuffPost website. In addition, the left-leaning media outlet published numerous claims that Beddingfield was released on bail after being accused of attempted first-degree murder.
Authorities might also charge Beddingfield with assaulting officers, interfering with police during civil disorder, and carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon on restricted Capitol grounds.
Publicly available court documents link the Trump supporter to two social media hashtags.
“#SoggyKidInsider (possibly because he is pictured emerging from the Capitol covered in what appears to be a liquid), and #NaziGrayHat (possibly because he appeared to make a gesture that is commonly associated with the Nazis,)” FBI special agent Brian Surer said in his statements of fact.
Surer claimed Beddingfield’s Facebook page shows the suspect intended to “take this country back from those commie bastards.” He also accused the defendant of confirming he was in the nation’s capital on Jan. 6, 2021.
“Another video shows Beddingfield holding what appears to be a metal rod and throwing it at the police line,” the special agent said.
“The rod may be either a piece of the metal flagpole he carried with him or a piece of one of the barricades (also known as bike racks) that rioters pulled away from law enforcement and dismantled,” he added.
The documents also contain still frames captured from video footage that allegedly show the accused attacking an officer with his flag near the old Senate chamber.
“Video footage which appeared to be captured on mobile devices of persons present on the scene depicted violations of local and federal law, including scores of individuals inside the Capitol without permission or authority,” Surer said.
“One such individual is the defendant, Matthew Jason Beddingfield,” he added.
NBC News estimates the FBI has already arrested more than 725 suspects concerning the Capitol riots. The actual number of potential suspects could easily total up to 2,500 people.