A man from Huntington Beach, California, was been arrested this Thursday and charged by the FBI for partaking in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, thanks to a member of his church prayer text group who handed over screenshots showing him bragging about his role.
According to a criminal complaint cited by Law&Crime, Glenn Allen Brooks sent a selfie of himself inside the Capitol to the group, prompting a group member to contact the FBI.
From the criminal complaint:
“Following the events at the U.S. Capitol, the FBI received an electronic tip concerning Glenn Brooks’s (‘BROOKS’) potential involvement in breaching the Capitol. On or about January 30, 2021, the FBI received an electronic tip from Witness #1, who stated that a member of his/her church prayer text group, Glenn BROOKS, boasted of his active participation in the January 6, 2021, events at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Witness #1 also stated that BROOKS sent photos of his attendance at the Capitol to the church text group that included other people at the riots/protest and a selfie photo of himself inside the Capitol.”
The group member who informed on Brooks gave a second interview to the FBI in February and handed over Brooks’ contact information, including his address.
“Finally, the surveillance video of BROOKS entering the Capitol clearly shows BROOKS’ clothing and physical attributes, including his white beard, and they appear to match the person in the selfie photograph that BROOKS sent to his church text group of himself inside the Capitol (including a distinct scarf, red jacket, and hat),” the complaint read.
Brooks 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.”