Trump-Loving Cousins IDed By Online Sleuths Are Arrested For Attacking Cops At Capitol

The FBI has arrested two cousins who took attacked cops in the course of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and had been recognized by on-line sleuths, illustrating as soon as once more how unbiased investigators are aiding the federal investigation into the assault impressed by former President Donald Trump.

Tommy Smith, generally known as #MississippiFlagGuy, and Donnie Wren, generally known as #KingstonAsh, had been arrested this week, 9 months after the assault. Both face a 10-count indictment that features a number of felony expenses.

Online sleuths working underneath the #SeditionHunters moniker recognized Wren and his cousin again in February due to the jacket that includes an organization brand that Wren was carrying, one sleuth advised HuffPost. As of Wednesday, Smith had pictures from Jan. 6 on his Facebook web page.

Wren was identified by sleuths thanks to his distinctive jacket.
Wren was recognized by sleuths due to his distinctive jacket.

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“Still can’t believe these pics made it so far LOL,” Smith posted on Facebook with a narrative that featured him within the mob outdoors the Capitol.

Smith additionally had images of himself carrying a Trump hat alongside his cousin, Wren, carrying a Trump flag in Washington on Jan. 6.

“Oh cuz running with me,” Smith wrote.

The cousins in Washington on Jan. 6.
The cousins in Washington on Jan. 6.

The arrests are yet one more indication of the massive position that on-line sleuths are taking part in in serving to the FBI determine the Trump supporters who assaulted police and stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. The FBI has thanked the general public for its assist and mentioned that authorities are working behind the scenes to comply with up on suggestions, even when the ensuing arrests take a number of months.

One of the sleuths who labored the case advised HuffPost again in March that the duo had been “hard to miss” partly due to Smith’s previous Mississippi flag that featured the Confederate battle flag. That model of the flag was retired in 2020, after 126 years. They mentioned the investigation was really a gaggle effort by the “Sedition Hunter” neighborhood.

Also in March, an internet sleuth managed to match a foot seen kicking a police officer to the person they known as #MississippiFlagGuy.

“Add it to the charges,” one sleuth tweeted on March 25.

Wren, holding a Trump flag, passes a line of police officers at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Wren, holding a Trump flag, passes a line of cops on the Capitol on Jan. 6.

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Smith’s Facebook web page is stuffed with pro-Trump memes and debunked conspiracy theories a couple of stolen election. He known as Jan. 6 “a wonderful day [in] Washington” and known as on Trump to declare “martial law to fix this election.”

Like many Trump conspiracy theorists who assaulted cops, Smith claimed {that a} bus of “people dressed like Trump supporters” who had been “probably antifa” induced the difficulty on Jan. 6.

“I can tell you this Trump people did what was right Patriots did what was right not only did we come here to stand up for our right we came here to stand up for our fellow man and as the day progressed the cops treated [us] worse and worse,” he wrote on Facebook.

“We pretty much got our asses kicked by the cops then we kick the cops asses,” he wrote. “Patriots stood together and battled the tyrannical cops throughout the entire afternoon and as I sit here now at the footsteps of the Capitol they’re still shooting off flashbangs pepper spray and innocent people.”

The FBI has made greater than 625 arrests in reference to the Jan. 6 riot, representing about one-fourth of the whole universe of suspects who might face expenses for his or her conduct that day. Many extra arrests are within the works.


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