- Andrew Williams, who stormed the US Capitol on January 6, asked, “How are they going to arrest every single person?” in a video recorded while he was there.
- Williams was arrested on January 13.
- “We are storming the Capitol! Yeah, baby!” Williams also said while storming the Capitol, according to an FBI affidavit.
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A man who stormed the US Capitol building during the January 6 insurrection expressed doubt that he would be arrested for participating in the insurrection — before being arrested days later, according to prosecutors.
“How are they going to arrest every single person?” Andrew Williams said in a video taken while he was entering the Capitol’s rotunda, according to a sworn FBI affidavit.
“We are storming the Capitol! Yeah baby!” Williams also said while storming the Capitol, according to the affidavit.
Williams was arrested on January 13 at his home in Maitland, Florida, according to court records reviewed by Insider, on charges of disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and unlawful entry of a restricted building. A judge set his bond at $25,000.
Williams, a firefighter employed by the Sanford, Florida, police department, was identified after a law enforcement officer saw he posted a photo of himself in the Capitol building online, according to the affidavit. The officer informed the FBI about Sanford’s activities, which were chronicled in photos and videos obtained by federal law enforcement officials.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday that 200 people have been identified following their participation in the Capitol riots. Several of them are public servants, including police officers, teachers, and firefighters.
Videos obtained by the FBI show Williams commenting on the architecture of the Capitol as he invaded it.
“Taking it back baby,” he said. “We are inside the Capitol,” adding: “This looks nice. This is really nice.”
Many of the people who participated in the Capitol building riots posted about it on social media. Republican West Virginia lawmaker Derrick Evans, who later resigned, said “We’re in! We’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!” in a social media livestream.
Others, including Kevin Loftus and Aaron Mostofsky, bragged to acquaintances about being in the building in private messages later obtained by federal law enforcement officials.