One of the latest rioters to be arrested in conjunction with the attack on the Capitol last week was taken into custody after posting a simple message on Facebook—”I am wanted by the FBI for illegal entry.”
Kevin Daniel Loftus was seen in video outside the Capitol, eagerly explaining to his fellow "patriots" how he got into the building.
"We all barged through the f—king doors," he said. "Somebody broke in and opened the door for me…So the doors open, I get in the rotunda, I take my picture, and do a few things, and then I started heading down the hallway this way, and then all of a sudden I seen the gas on the stairwell."
His fellow rioters chanted “Stop the Steal” in the background as Loftus told his story, dressed in a blue Make America Great Again hat and a hoodie featuring a large “Q” with an American flag design, undoubtedly to represent the QAnon conspiracy theory that has rotted the brains of far right extremists in recent years.
“We basically took the whole f—king building,” he said, as listeners asked him questions about the siege.
Later, Loftus posted a photo of himself in the Capitol to Facebook, along with what looks to be footage of Ashli Babbitt’s death, captioned “Girl was killed inside too.”
He seemed proud of the insurrection, boasting “That’s right folks some of us are in it to win it” in a thread of comments that included sharing an article from the New York Post of suspect photos and acknowledging that he was among them.
The insistence on bragging about their deeds on social media—whether after the fact or during the siege—has been catching up to the rioters.
People on social media have been hard at work pulling (sometimes deleted) tweets and Facebook photos from people who were inside the Capitol and informing the FBI. According to the BBC, over 70 people have been charged in relation to the attack so far, and 160 case files have been opened for investigation.
Acting U.S. Attorney for D.C. Michael Sherwin has made it clear that investigations are still ongoing, and are overturning a lot of information that hasn’t been made public yet.
“People are going to be shocked at some of the egregious conduct that happened within the Capitol,” he said at a press conference Tuesday.
While rioters have generally been getting slapped with misdemeanor charges so far, Sherwin also said the Department of Justice plans on pursuing “felony cases tied to sedition and conspiracy” when all is said and done.
Loftus, for the time being, has been charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful entry and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.