The FBI has arrested a supporter of former President Donald Trump, who sprayed police officers with pepper spray, smashed a window and broke into the US capital before going to basic training for the US Air Force.
Aiden Bilyard was arrested in Raleigh, North Carolina, according to court records. He faces a host of charges, including crimes, assault on officers with a dangerous weapon, destruction of state property, entering and remaining in a cordoned-off building with a deadly or dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct with a deadly or dangerous weapon, and several other offenses.
After being identified by online scouts operating under the banner “Sedition Hunters”. who had nicknamed him #HarvardSweats, Bilyard was interviewed by the FBI at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas, back in August.
“At the time, BILYARD was involved in basic training for the U.S. Air Force, but has since separated from the Air Force and moved home to Cary, North Carolina,” an FBI special agent wrote in a statement that was not sealed Tuesday.
The FBI relied on public Facebook posts from Bilyard’s mother showing him wearing the same Harvard sweatshirt he wore to the Capitol to help seal the case against their Bilyard. So did online researchers, who took note of her post about Bilyard enlisting in the U.S. Air Force.
Bilyard is not the first person with military ties to be charged in connection with the Capitol riot, nor is he the first to report to the U.S. military after participating in the January 6 attack. James Mault re-enlisted in the U.S. Army after participating in the January 6 attack, even after he was interviewed by the FBI. In Bilyard’s case, he divorced the Air Force after his FBI interview in August.
The FBI has made more than 650 arrests in connection with the January 6 attack, approximately A quarter of the total number of persons who participated in guilty criminal conduct that day. The FBI is still searching for more than 350 people involved in the violence, including more than 250 members of the pro-Trump mob that assaulted officers.
This article was originally published on HuffPost and has been updated.