Capitol rioters could teach lessons in How To Get Caught. Aside from carrying out their attack in broad daylight with news cameras present, they took their own photos and videos, posted their activities, including photographic evidence, on social media, and bragged to their friends. Now another participant has been caught after bragging to a potential match on a dating site.
A screenshot turned over to the FBI by a Bumble user was then used as evidence in the arrest and indictment of one Robert Chapman. According to the Washington Post, the exchange took place a week after the attack, when numerous participants had already been arrested based on evidence in social media posts, or from family and acquaintances recognizing their faces in the video clips and photos released, so perhaps by this point, Chapman should have been aware that boasting about criminal activity was risky business.
The image included in the charging documents has now gone viral on social media.
In the screenshot, the anonymous Bumble user appears to chide Chapman for not answering some question that isn’t visible, then Chapman replies, “I did storm the Capitol. I made it all the way to statuary hall.” He follows that up with boasts that he gave interviews to the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.
“We’re not a match,” his potential date texts back — then turns him in.
A New York man, Robert Chapman, has been charged with entering the Capitol on Jan 6. The FBI began investigating Chapman after they got a tip from one of his Bumble matches. The FBI included the Bumble screenshot in the charging documents. pic.twitter.com/ctHHYk44a5
— Daniel Barnes (@dnlbrns) April 22, 2021
According to NBC New York, police in had also been sent information about a Facebook profile in the name Robert Erick. They were able to connect this “Robert Erick” to the information about Robert Chapman, and use it in the arrest as well.
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