An upstate New York man was arrested this week after his would-be fling turned him over to the FBI when he bragged to her on a dating app about storming the U.S. Capitol with hundreds of other Trump supporters on Jan. 6, according to court records.
Robert Chapman, a 50-year-old resident of Carmel, Putnam County, thought he’d impress a match on the app Bumble if he told her about his Jan. 6 escapades, an FBI agent from the bureau’s Manhattan field office wrote in a criminal complaint.
“I did storm the Capitol. I made it all the way into Statuary Hall,” Chapman wrote in a Bumble message to the woman, according to the complaint.
Chapman also claimed he had been interviewed by several journalists after participating in the attack.
The woman, who was not identified in the complaint, was not enthused and replied, “we are not a match,” the complaint stated.
Chapman’s failed date then contacted the FBI and provided agents with screengrabs of her conversation with the long-haired alleged Capitol rioter.
Chapman didn’t only brag about the Capitol riot on Bumble, according to the complaint.
He also took to Facebook during the insurrection to boast about his alleged crimes. ““I’M F—IN INSIDE THE CRAPITOL!!!” he posted on Jan. 6, the complaint charges.
The FBI agent alleged that the bureau was able to corroborate Chapman’s identity by comparing photos on his social media profiles with body camera footage captured by police officers inside the Capitol on Jan. 6.
According to court records, Chapman was arrested Thursday and charged with disorderly conduct and violent trespassing on federal property. He was released by a federal New York judge pending trial and could not be reached for comment Friday.
Chapman is one of nearly 400 people arrested for playing part in the Capitol attack, which left five people dead, including a police officer, and hundreds more wounded.
The assault unfolded after former President Donald Trump urged supporters at a rally near the Capitol to march on the building and “fight like hell” to block Congress from certifying his election defeat to Joe Biden.
Despite being impeached for instigating the attack, Trump has refused to apologize or take any responsibility for the events of Jan. 6.