According to a Daily Wire analysis of court records, federal authorities arrested at least fifteen more people in August on charges related to the January 6 Capitol disturbance, with charges like trespassing continuing to accumulate eight months after the event thanks to tips from internet sleuths, social media "friends," and even family members.
The participants do not always fit the stereotype of MAGA cap-wearing, old white hillbillies that the media always portrays as pro-Trump.
“Law enforcement records also indicated that Hayah is a parolee supervised by a parole officer from the Virginia Department of Corrections in Fairfax County, Virginia following a criminal conviction in the Circuit Court of Maryland for Prince George’s County,” prosecutors said.
The FBI was able to identify him and other January 6 defendants thanks to the information provided by an online group known as "Sedition Hunters," which reviewed images and videos from the day in question and combined them with Facebook profiles and other publicly available information.
In a video taken from the scene, Hayah complained of police brutality. “Some of those officers in there are decent officers. They did not want a physical confrontation but there are some officers in there that are evil […] they shot a woman from another side of the glass… They maced but I had a gas mask on.”
Philip Young of New Jersey was identified because the name of his labor union, the Boilermakers Union Local 28, was displayed on the back of his jacket. On July 28, he was charged with a crime.
An exhaustive search for participants in the commotion was conducted by authorities, which included obtaining records from companies such as Google and Snapchat as well as Apple and Facebook as well as banks and phone companies.
In most cases, however, late arrests were the result of alleged participants being identified and turned in to the FBI by internet sleuth, rather than the other way around.
Santillan, of Georgia, was turned in by a former high school classmate who had seen a Snapchat video on a mutual acquaintance's phone and reported him. He was arrested on August 23 and charged with possession of marijuana.
Joseph Irwin is a retired Kentucky police officer who worked in the field of criminal justice. After the FBI received information about Irwin from an anonymous internet source, a lieutenant on the police force confirmed to the Bureau that Irwin had told him he was "on his way to meet up with friends at a march." On August 17, he was taken into custody.
Benjamin Scott Burlew of Oklahoma was arrested on August 19 for allegedly “physically grabbing and shoving [an Associated Press photographer] and pushing him forcefully over a low wall.” According to the FBI, a tip was submitted to the agency by “a group of internet sleuths (collectively, CW-1), who conducted open-source research using social media and content posted on various online channels, including YouTube, in an attempt to identify BOLO offenders posted on the FBI's Capitol Violence Webpage... CW-1 has previously provided assistance to the FBI in connection with the Capitol riots investigation,” according to the agency.
After a friend of Kelsey Wilson's husband's Facebook page communicated with the FBI, investigators were able to match Kelsey Wilson with surveillance video showing her and her husband Zach Wilson walking around the Rotunda amongst several other unknown individuals.