A Trump supporter who stormed the Capitol on January 6 threatened on social media to assassinate Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that day and also threatened the Capitol Police officer who killed a woman as she tried to enter the building, federal prosecutors said.
The man, Garret Miller, 34, of Richardson, Texas, was arrested Wednesday and charged with, among other things, threats, knowingly entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on the streets. Capitol grounds, according to a criminal complaint.
Surveillance video from inside the Capitol, a selfie and video posted by Mr Miller and comments he made on social media showed he was part of a mob that had pushed police to entering the Capitol, disrupting Congress as it certified President Donald J. Trump’s loss to Joseph R. Biden Jr., the complaint says.
In one instance, Mr Miller posted a photo of himself inside the Capitol, the complaint says, prompting someone on Facebook to comment, “Brother, are you in ?! Nice! “Mr. Miller replied,” I just wanted to self-incriminate a little lol. “
Mr. Miller also threatened Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, after she wrote “Impeach” on Twitter on Jan.6, the complaint says. Mr Miller responded with his own tweet which read, “Assassinate AOC,” the FBI said.
In another tweet to Ms Ocasio-Cortez, Mr Miller said that “we have acted with honor”, “we were not armed” and we were “nice to the police,” the FBI said.
The criminal complaint included screenshots of Mr Miller’s tweets.
Prosecutors said Mr Miller also threatened the Capitol Police officer who shot dead Ashli Babbitt, a Trump supporter, as she poked her head through the frame of a shattered window leading to the lobby Of the president.
Mr Miller referred to Ms Babbitt as his ‘sister in combat’ and, referring to the officer who shot her, said he would ‘tighten her neck with a nice rope’, according to messages he received. written on social networks, indicates the complaint.
Writing on Facebook on Jan. 16, Miller said the officer “was not going to survive long,” and claimed that “millions” of people agreed with him that the officer deserved ” to die ”, according to the complaint.
A man who answered the phone at a number listed for Mr. Miller said, “We have no comment at this time.”
Mr Miller’s attorney, F. Clinton Broden, said that “his client’s comments on social media reflect very thoughtless political hyperbole in very divided times and will certainly not happen again in the future.”
“He accepts responsibility for his actions,” he said.
He said Miller had yet to be invited to plead and his detention hearing was set for Monday.
“Mr. Miller regrets his actions in a misguided effort to show his support for former President Trump,” Mr. Broden said. “He enjoys the full support of his family and has always been a respectful citizen laws.
A spokeswoman for Ms Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to a message on Saturday night. Ms Ocasio-Cortez has previously said that she often receives death threats.
She called the Capitol siege an “extremely traumatic event” and said many members of Congress had “almost and narrowly escaped death” that day.
Seamus Hughes contribution to reports.