The FBI says a Nebraska man accused of participating in the storming of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month was arrested Monday in Omaha. Brandon Straka of Omaha is scheduled to make his first court appearance today.
Straka faces federal charges of impeding a law enforcement officer during civil disorder, knowingly entering and remaining on restricted grounds, and engaging in disorderly conduct with intent to disturb a hearing before Congress.
According to the criminal complaint filed in federal court in Washington, Straka was able to get within a few feet of the Capitol entrance and yelled to the crowd to take a Capitol Police Officer’s protective shield.
The FBI Omaha office received a tip on Jan. 11 that a video had been posted to Twitter that appeared to have been taken near an entrance to the Capitol on Jan. 6, but had been taken down.
The Twitter account also had a 58-minute video post of Straka talking about the Capitol events of Jan. 6. Agents were able to verify Straka’s presence their via a video of the entire event that was posted to YouTube.
Straka also posted to Twitter that “it was not Antifa at the Capitol. It was freedom loving Patriots who were DESPERATE to fight for the final hope of our Republic because literally nobody cares about them. Everyone else can denounce them. I will not.
Perhaps I missed the part where it was agreed this would be a revolution of ice cream cones and hair-braiding parties to take out government back from lying, cheating globally interested swamp parasites. My bad.”