Andrew Taake is the second Capitol rioter to go down after bragging about his exploits on the dating app, Bumble.
Source: Houston Public Media
A ninth Houstonian was arrested Friday after allegedly whipping and pepper-spraying police officers during the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection.
Authorities say Andrew Quentin Taake, 32, flew to Washington D.C. on January 5 to participate in a rally. One day later, he allegedly joined pro-Trump extremists and stormed the U.S. Capitol.
As he attempted to force his way inside, Taake allegedly pepper sprayed multiple officers who had formed a barricade out of bike racks. About 30 minutes later, Taake reemerged from the crowd of rioters and allegedly began striking officers with what appeared to be a whip-like weapon, according to court documents.
The FBI says the alleged assaults were captured by body-worn cameras. Additionally, surveillance video appears to show Taake wandering inside the Capitol building while holding the whip-like weapon in his hand.
Days after the attack, an unnamed tipster told federal investigators that Taake had shared details about his participation in the riot via a dating app called Bumble, according to court documents.
ALERT: Feds charge Texas man with assaulting police with *metal whip* and chemical spray outside Capitol on Jan 6
Court filings say federal agents used messages & location info from the BUMBLE dating app to make case against Andrew Taake of Houston-area pic.twitter.com/1RvubgE5qM
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) July 23, 2021
Screenshots of their Bumble chat show that Andrew Taake told the match he was "peacefully standing there" at the Capitol. https://t.co/d3oKSetJz6
— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) July 25, 2021