January 6

Mom of Capitol rioter brags about him storming the Capitol on social media — FBI promptly arrests him

A woman who bragged on social media about her son’s exploits at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 ended up unintentionally getting him arrested, according to reports.

“Two separate relatives (through marriage, they note) told the FBI about posts made by the mother of 39-year-old Tyler Slaeker. The feds arrested him in Federal Way, Washington,” Huffpost’s Ryan J. Reilly wrote in a Twitter post from this Wednesday.

The mother of Tyler Slaeker, 39, posted photos to her Facebook page that he sent her from the Capitol, relaying his descriptions of what he was experiencing. She also claimed that the event was largely peaceful, saying that the pictures her son sent her “show normal, middle class, even older crowds” inside the building.

But relatives of Slaeker’s mother took screenshots of her posts and sent them to feds, leading to Slaeker’s arrest shortly after, according to the criminal complaint shared by Reilly.

Investigators were able to confirm Slaeker’s presence at the Capitol on Jan. 6 by tracking his whereabouts using cell phone records and security footage showing him taking the exact “selfies” posted by his mother.

Slaeker has been charged with entering and remaining and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds and disorderly conduct and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.

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