The FBI has arrested a supporter of former president Donald Trump who took part in the January 6th riots at the US Capitol after he openly bragged that he got away “with things that others were shot or arrested for.” He also boasted about posing as a member of Antifa while committing acts of violence.
The MAGA rioter, William Norwood, boasted in a group chat about posing as a member of Antifa ahead of the “Stop the Steal” rally at the Capitol building, which he believed would help him “get away” with crimes. He was taken into custody after law enforcement officials obtained his text messages, The Washington Post reports.
“I’m dressing in all black,” Norwood texted to a group chat on January 5th. “I’ll look just like ANTIFA. I’ll get away with anything.”
During the riots, Norwood photographed himself wearing a Capitol police officer’s vest that he’d stolen and once again texted the group to crow about his achievements.
“It worked,” he wrote. “I got away with things that others were shot or arrested for.”
It did not work for long, however, as Norwood was subsequently arrested last week and charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, obstruction of justice and Congress, and theft of government property.
Investigators are also scrutinizing text messages he sent where he talked about fighting four different police officers and then stealing one of the officer’s tactical vest and helmet.