Posts on Social Media for Role in Riot Capitol
Edward Jacob Lang, could be seen in the crowd outside the Washington building in several videos on Facebook.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested a 25-year-old New York man from the Hudson Valley at his home on Saturday after he shared photographs and videos on social media putting him outside the U.S. Capitol during the spree of violent extremists on Jan. 6.
The man, Edward Jacob Lang, wrote in the caption of one video: 'Today, I was the leader of Liberty. Only arrest me. On the wrong side of history, you are.
He was charged by federal prosecutors with assaulting an officer and three other charges, including civil disturbance.
His arrest came as federal authorities ramped up a search for those involved in the riot that killed five people. Over 70 arrests in relation to the riots have been made across the world, and at least 170 cases have been opened.
Via their social media posts, many of those who engaged in the rampage were easily identified.
In New York, after being seen inside or around the Capitol during the riot, several persons, including an employee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as well as a son of a judge in Brooklyn, were arrested.
'Decisions have consequences,' said William Sweeney Jr., assistant director in charge of the New York Field Office of the Office, in a Twitter post. "Edward Lang is in custody of those he committed during the attack on our Capitol."
Whether Mr. Lang, who lives in Newburgh, N.Y., a small town about 70 miles north of New York City, had retained a lawyer was unknown on Sunday. According to the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan, he is scheduled to appear in federal court on Tuesday.
The immediate family of Mr. Lang, including his dad, Ned Lang, a former council member from Tusten, N.Y. Unable to be reached on Sunday.
By Sunday morning, several of Mr. Lang's social media pages had been deactivated. But federal agents received numerous warnings that Mr. Lang was at the riot, including a screenshot from his Instagram account that, according to court records, could be seen on the steps of the Capitol. The picture was captioned as "1776 has begun."
In other rioters' social media messages, Mr. Lang could be seen throwing a baseball bat at police officers and moving a riot shield in their direction as members of the crowd assaulted the police near the entrance to the Capitol, according to court filings.
Mr. Lang explained what he felt would follow the assault on the Capitol in one video posted to Twitter by an unaffiliated account.
"The First Amendment did not work, the second was pulled out," he said. No one wants to take this and die for our rights, but the only choice that any person with a rational brain sees right now is dying for our rights. This is it here.
Mr. Lang also mentioned violent encounters with police in a number of social media posts, dubbed the "Second American Revolution" riot, and wrongly reported that President Trump won the national election in a landslide.
A separate video of Mr. Lang, in which he described seeing a woman who seemed to have been trampled and killed in a crush of fellow rioters, was found by a New York Times inquiry. He blamed the police on social media for the stampede.
Mr. Lang's arrest came one day after multiple charges were revealed by federal prosecutors against a former Marine, Dominic Pezzola, from Rochester, N.Y., who is seen using a police shield on surveillance footage to break a window and violate the Capitol. Another man, Brandon Fellows, from upstate New York, was also arrested on Saturday by officials for his involvement in the riots. There were no more specifics immediately available.
In social media footage, Mr. Fellows can be seen in the office of Senator Jeff Merkley, Democrat of Oregon, propping his feet up on a table. He said in an interview with Bloomberg that his profile on a dating app was "blowing up" after his social media messages. "He added he did not have "no regrets.