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Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.
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A Silver Spring man who prosecutors say is a professed white supremacist has been charged for illegally entering and remaining in a restricted area around the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Investigators say their case relies in part on location data produced by the GPS unit that the man was wearing for a prior offense.
Bryan Betancur is one of dozens of people that have been arrested in the wake of the insurrection at the Capitol. He was arrested on Sunday, and is expected to make his first court appearance in D.C. on Monday afternoon.
A screenshot of Betancur's Instagram account allegedly shows him outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 flashing a sign linked to white supremacist groups.FBI
After the Jan. 6 insurrection, Betancur allegedly told his probation officer that he had been inside the U.S. Capitol and had been tear-gassed, according to an affidavit submitted by an FBI agent. While he later recanted some of those statements, a review of location data from the GPS unit he had affixed to his ankle for a probation violation allegedly placed him "inside the initial position of U.S. Capitol Police barricades, and inside the area restricted on that day."
An attorney has not yet been listed for Betancur.
A screenshot of Betancur's Instagram account allegedly shows him outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 flashing a sign linked to white supremacist groups.
The FBI also says that a confidential informant also provided images of Betancur outside the Capitol holding a Confederate flag and wearing a Proud Boys t-shirt while flashing a symbol associated with the group, which has engaged in violence and has been linked to white supremacist groups.
A number of other men associated with the Proud Boys have been arrested in connection with the Capitol riots. The group's leader, Enrique Tarrio, was arrested two days before the events for his part in torching a Black Lives Matter banner that belonged to a historically Black church in downtown D.C. during a December protest.
Betancur has admitted to law enforcement to being a member of several white supremacy groups, and has "voiced homicidal ideations, made comments about conducting a school shooting and has researched mass shootings," according to the affidavit. Betancur also "made increased verbalizations about his desire to be a 'lone wolf killer."
So far, he's the third person from Maryland facing federal offenses stemming from the siege; seven people from Virginia have also been charged, including two off-duty police officers have also been charged.
This story is from DCist, the local news website of WAMU.