A self-professed white supremacist from Maryland who was on parole for burglary has was arrested Sunday after his GPS monitor placed him at the US Capitol during the riots on January 6, CBS News reports.
According to a federal affidavit, Bryan Betancur “has made statements to law enforcement officers that he is a member of several white supremacy organizations” and “has voiced homicidal ideations, made comments about conducting a school shooting and has researched mass shootings.”
Betancur has made statements to law enforcement officers that he is a member of several white supremacy organizations and has voiced “homicidal ideations, made comments about conducting a school shooting and has researched mass shootings,” the affidavit said. He also has expressed his desire to be a “lone wolf killer,” it said.
The Silver Spring resident, who has been convicted of fourth-degree burglary, was on probation when he asked for — and received — permission to travel to DC to sell Bibles with an organization called Gideon International.
A screenshot of the computer software that tracks his GPS ankle bracelet shows he apparently ventured in the direction of the White House Ellipse — where President Trump rallied his supporters — before moving to the area in front of the Capitol, where he remained from 2 to 5 p.m., the document says.
Based on a tip, the suspect also was identified in a social media post as “bryan_patriot_1776,” who “appears to stand on scaffolding erected on the western side of the U.S. Capitol Building holding the corner of a confederate battle flag,” according to the affidavit.
A photograph also shows him wearing what appears to be a Proud Boys T-shirt and flashing the “OK” hand signal, the document says. The signal is commonly used by white supremacists.
ARRESTED: Bryan Betancur, self-proclaimed white supremacist who wanted to be a "Lone Wolf Killer" from Silver Spring Maryland told his probation officer that he needed to travel to DC to sell Bibles. He's now facing federal charges. https://t.co/ucVrPjpHfF pic.twitter.com/5WaMpECu5X
— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) January 18, 2021
Betancur now faces three charges, including unlawful entry to a restricted area.
“This did not involve rocket science investigatory techniques to figure out that he had been involved,” Professor Michael Greenberger, founder and director of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security, told CBS Baltimore.
“These people who were involved in January 6 are very proud of it. They have selfies, they have videos, they are telling friends and acquaintances they did what they did and that’s how these indictments are running up so quickly,” he added.