Bumble Match Turns In Jan. 6 Capitol Attack Suspect

Houston man bragged to potential date that he'd been pepper sprayed at the Capitol
By Liz MacGahan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2021 10:30 AM CDT
Bumble Match Turns In Jan. 6 Capitol Attack Suspect
A phone with an App Store selection of the dating app Bumble.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Another man has been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol after being turned in by a Bumble match. The dating app tracks locations, and showed Andrew Taake of Houston in Alexandria, Virginia, just across the river from the Capitol. Screenshots of his chat with his unnamed match, included in a criminal complaint, also show him bragging about having been pepper sprayed, complete with a picture. He told his match he had been “peacefully standing there,” but photos posted on social media shows him using a metal whip to attack police, per the Washington Post.

Body cam video from DC’s Metropolitan Police shows Taake pushing out of a crowd and pepper spraying police and using his whip, too. And he was picked up by security cameras inside the building. Once the FBI were pretty sure they knew who he was, they showed his picture to a FedEx driver who had moments before delivered a package to him. The driver identified Taake. Cellphone records show Taake in or near the Capitol, too. Taake faces federal charges, including assaulting officers, and disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building, Houston Public Media reports. (Read more Capitol attack stories.)

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