January 6

Capitol rioter who used metal whip on cops is turned in to FBI by woman he matched with on dating app

According to a criminal complaint filed on Friday, accused Capitol rioter Andrew Taake, 32, allegedly used a metal whip and pepper spray to attack police officers on Jan. 6 and now faces six charges, HuffPost reports.

But the thing that ultimately did him in was the fact that he bragged about his actions to a woman he met on the dating app Bumble, who sent screenshots of their conversation to FBI.

Taake, who is a Houston native, “discussed his participation in the riot” with his Bumble match, and sent “several photos,” including one of himself at the Capitol after he was “allegedly pepper sprayed by law enforcement officers,” according to the complaint which was filed last Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia. He told another Bumble user that he was inside the Capitol building for about 30 minutes. The dating app itself provided evidence to the FBI by helping the agency track his location.

Court documents say the FBI also obtained publicly posted images and videos show Taake carrying “what appears to be a metal whip and pepper spray to attack law enforcement officers.”

He’s been charged with disorderly conduct, impeding passage through physical violence on the Capitol grounds or in the building, parading, and demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol.

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