Over 100 rioters that barged inside the US Capitol have now been arrested between Jan. 6 until the day before President Joe Biden’s inauguration day.
Though the count is now higher than before, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is not yet done on tracking all rioters that illegally hijacked the government office.
In fact, investigators are now looking at social media accounts, in order to identify the connection of each rioter from each other, and how they planned the infamous historic event.
FBI now looks at social media to find Capitol rioters
According to initial investigations, social media has been one of the most essential tools that rioters used to make the said tragic rally.
Aside from the now-banned Parler app, Facebook was also used as a medium of communication between the protestors.
In fact, one of the alleged suspects of the riot, New York resident Christopher M. Kelly, was given a filed complaint by the FBI to legally hijack his Facebook messenger.
Surprisingly, various information such as his private messages, as well as his linked IP address, phone number and Gmail address were found in his account.
How Facebook helps rioters in Capitol
Some of the information that was found on Kelly’s Facebook messenger were his conversations with other rioters on the site.
One contact advises him to be careful on their way and look out for Antifa members that they could encounter inside.
In which Kelly answered: “I’ll be with ex-NYPD and some Proud Boys. This will be the most historic event of my life.”
The FBI did not confirm the identification of ‘ex-NYPD’ that Kelly was talking about. However, investigations speculate that it could be his brother that once joined the force, and might be one of the rioters in Capitol.
So far, FBI has not yet released any information on the arrest of Kelly, which could mean that he might not yet under custody.
In a related news, another alleged Capitol rioter was arrested at the exact inauguration day of President Biden.
Samuel Camargo, 26, returned to Washington DC on Wednesday to witness the said event.
However, police forces were quick to identify him as one of the rioters, and immediately arrested him, according to US Justice Department.
“Then he [Camargo] became uncooperative and questioned the agent’s loyalty to the constitution before saying he had no more information to provide,” prosecutors wrote. “Following this interview, the defendant then posted on social media ‘Just finished speaking to an FBI agent, I believe I’ve been cleared.'”
The court identified him, then as ‘flight risk.’
Video tape evidence
According to sources in CNN, the suspect “used his mobile phone to video tape his struggle with the U.S. Capitol Police over opening a door to the U.S. Capitol Building.”
Camargo will face four chargers including civil disorder; knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; knowingly engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct in any restricted building or grounds; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, according to the criminal complaint.