A man from Haddonfield, New Jersey, is the latest to be federally charged for his alleged participation in the siege of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Federal investigators were able to identify 32-year-old Patrick Stedman at the Capitol largely through his vocal Twitter presence.
According to his Twitter bio, Stedman is a “dating and relationship strategist.” With more than 25,000 followers, he regularly tweets about politics and sends a daily newsletter on “sex and female psychology.”
According to the criminal complaint, Stedman shared a video on the afternoon of the Capitol breach, where he said, “I was pretty much in the first wave, and we broke down the doors and climbed up the back part of the Capitol building and got all the way into the chambers.”
Dozens of his tweets, authorities say, encouraged his followers to join him in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6. On Dec. 30, for instance, he instructed his followers to message him if they were planning on going because he was assembling a “team.”
Federal investigators also point to images and videos Stedman shared from inside the Capitol.
In one video, which was part of his regular “COVID/CABAL” Twitter show, Stedman shared his experience being inside the Capitol and sitting in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.
As of Thursday, most of Stedman’s posts appear to still be on his public profile.
Investigators were able to further confirm Stedman’s identity through witnesses’ tips, his driver’s license photo and his other speaking appearances online.
He is charged with the unlawful entry of a restricted building and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.