One of the notorious Capitol rioters was identified and caught by the FBI because he wore a jacket with his company's name and phone number on the back.
This is perhaps the dumbest move of the year so far...
It's been almost a month since the shocking scenes that unfolded at the Capitol building in protest of Donald Trump losing the election...
And those who were involved in the violence have not been getting away with their actions lightly.
Many have been tracked down by the FBI...
Law enforcement officials say they expect hundreds of more rioters to be arrested in the future.https://t.co/w9phIuF8o4— CBS 21 News (@CBS21NEWS) January 27, 2021
While, surprisingly so, some have surrendered themselves to the authorities.
But of course, some have been trying to escape their fate...
By trying to lay low and wait for it all to blow over.
However, some of the rioters seem to be lacking in brains...
As one rioter who has been caught by the authorities attended the riot that day wearing a jacket displaying his company's phone number on the back.
You really can't make this stuff up. Read on to find out exactly what happened...
Now, where do we even start when it comes to the events that took place at the U.S Capitol building?
On January 6th, Donald Trump held a "Save America" rally in Washington D.C in a final, and very desperate, attempt to try and regain the election that he had just lost.
Thousands of his eager supporters were there listening to and latching on to every word that came out of Trump's mouth.
Trump's refusal to concede to President Joe Biden seems to have fuelled the anger amongst his supporters...
I interviewed a Trump supporter at a 'Stop the Steal' protest LIVE on the BBC after Joe Biden won. It was...hectic pic.twitter.com/dOmQKlOQJJ— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) November 8, 2020
And right now, the overwhelming presence of far-right extremists is more apparent than ever.
Trump repeatedly told his crowd that he was "the real winner" and how they need to "take the election back"...
Before finally telling them to "go down to the Capitol building" and "fight like hell for our country."
He even said he'd be there alongside them which, of course, he didn't mean literally.
This resulted in thousands of his supporters, all armed with MAGA merchandise and Trump flags, storming down to the U.S Capitol building and breaking in...
Where hell was well and truly unleashed.
A joint session of Congress was underway to certify President Biden's election win when the rioters made their way into the building.
“Glass is all over the place.” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi shows Lesley Stahl the destruction in her office after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, some of them in search of Speaker Pelosi. https://t.co/lZbCRGlV5P pic.twitter.com/GbDo2pEEQI— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) January 11, 2021
Thankfully, all members of the House and staff were safely evacuated but this didn't mean things were over.
People began smashing down windows and doors, looting valuable items, and even breaking into Nancy Pelosi's office and taking some of her personal possessions.
And to make things even more terrifying...
Text messages were later discovered from one of the rioters describing his plans to "shoot and run over" Pelosi.
Thankfully, these terrible plans didn't go ahead - but it just goes to show the alarming ideologies and ambitions held by many of the people present on that day.
5 people tragically died as a result of the riots...
2 police officers took their own lives in the weeks following the riots, and more than sixty police officers and security guards were greatly injured from trying to stop the violent rioters and get them out of the building.
The scenes were truly apocalyptic...
And Trump was called on again and again to issue a televised statement telling his supporters to put an end to the violence.
In the end, he issued a series of small tweets where he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was "on our side," and to "remain peaceful."
He eventually tweeted a video telling his supporters to "go home"...
🇺🇸 Donald #Trump eventually gave a statement via a recorded video, repeating his false claim that the election was stolen but asking supporters to "stay peaceful".— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) January 7, 2021
Several hours later he called for the crowd to "go home" before adding: "We love you. You’re very special," ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/u7qgrnJYKh
All while reminding them that they're "very special" and that he "loves them."
Of course, this wasn't taken well by the very shaken-up members of Congress and it really didn't help that Trump was refusing to take responsibility for the riots.
His reluctance to take responsibility then lead to him being suspended indefinitely from all major social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram...
After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.https://t.co/CBpE1I6j8Y— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021
Of course, we all know how much Trump loved Twitter, so this was a huge deal.
Things just seemed to be getting worse and worse for Trump...
And alongside hundreds of his supporters being arrested and charged for their involvement in the riots, Congress were having some serious talks about what to do about his lack of concern over the violence caused by his army of followers.
On the afternoon of January 13th, Donald Trump was officially impeached, making him the only president in U.S history to be impeached more than once.
The final vote was 232-197, as per The Guardian, though the matter is yet to go before the Senate which will decide whether he should be convicted.
We're sure that all of his supporters who stormed the Capitol that day did not expect this...
And we're also sure that they didn't expect to have legal action taken against them for their violent and illegal acts.
Alongside all people involved being placed on a strict "no fly" list, banning them from boarding any plane in the country...
More than 145 pro-Trump supporters have been arrested and charged, and the FBI has opened more than 170 subject files, according to Insider.
It seems as if one by one, each person involved in the siege is getting identified and dealt with...
CAPITOL RIOTS ARREST UPDATE:— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) January 13, 2021
*Sanford, Fla., firefighter Andrew James Williams arrested for his role in siege.
*His lawyer blames Trump and the police and says "Mr. Williams took part in none of it.”
*Pictures make it clear that he was inside the Capitol.https://t.co/TqpEczwnaT pic.twitter.com/eXLOzGClfO
No matter what their background or financial status is.
Of course, many of the rioters are insisting their innocence and firmly believe they haven't done anything wrong...
And many have been trying to overthrow the U.S government... with little avail.
One of these people was Tony Faulkner, who was arrested and jailed last week on several charges in relation to the riots...
And he was tracked down after he wore a jacket advertising his very own company on the back.
Yep, the "fashion statement" made it easy for FBI agents to identify him through public YouTube videos.
"On the back of his jacket, there is the name of a company 'FAULKNER PAINTING' and the telephone number 'XXX-XXX6985,'" an FBI agent wrote, as per Insider.
"Your affiant was able to confirm through the Ohio Secretary of State's website that FAULKNER did own a painting business in his name consistent with the company's logo on the back of the jacket."
Prosecutors also confirmed his identity by checking his Facebook account, where he also advertises the painting business with the same phone number.
They then obtained copies of a Facebook comment where Faulkner said "we're fighting against the government."
And on his Facebook page, Faulkner posted images in support of "White Lives Matter" and about Hunter Biden. His account also prominently features the quote "why does god wait for people to die before he judge's them [sic]."
But in an interview with Patch published on January 14th, Faulkner expressed regret.
"I don't glorify what I did, nor am I proud of it," he reportedly said.
Well, we're sure that now he's behind bars, he's majorly regretting his decision to participate in the violence.
Stay posted for more stories on the riots.