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On January 6, Bradley Stuart Bennett and Elizabeth Rose Williams – identified in an FBI affidavit as a romantic couple – joined hundreds of other Donald Trump supporters in the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol, according to newly government documents. unsealed.
Bennett was a QAnon devotee from the small town of North Carolina, according to court records. She was a musician, lifestyle coach and essential oils guru from San Antonio.
In a series of videos and photographs posted in real time from the day, the couple strolled around the Capitol and posed in the Senate Chamber. Williams assaulted the camera both inside the iconic building and outside on its grounds.
“TODAY WAS A REVOLUTIONARY MESSAGE,” Bennett yelled in an all-caps Facebook mini-manifesto released that day. “WE ARE NOT GOING. WE WILL FIND VICTORY. “
For now, the two have to find lawyers.
At the end of March, several publications reported that Williams and Bennett had been arrested in connection with the violence at the Capitol. But the headlines were wrong.
At one point, Bennett and Williams apparently intended to mix up their lives in San Antonio, court records show. He took his Texas driver’s license road test in his car, and the then license examiner told the FBI that Williams was also there. Several tipsters who sent photos and videos of Bennett’s Capitol to the FBI also identified the couple as a couple.
For some reason, however, Bennett was not there in Texas when Williams was arrested on March 24. She was then released on bail.
He surfaced this week in Charlotte, where he went to the FBI. Shortly before noon on Monday, he walked into a downtown federal courtroom loaded with the now-familiar battery of accusations related to efforts by Trump supporters to overthrow the presidential election.
“The Patriots Go to War,” as Bennett put it in his video of the Capitol Riot, the FBI affidavit shows.
Bennett remained in custody Friday at the Mecklenburg County Jail, where he awaits transfer to federal courts in Washington, which will continue his case.
He joins some 420 other people facing a lawsuit in connection with the siege of the Capitol. At least 12 are from North Carolina.
The man from Wake Forest also accused
Another North Carolina man accused in connection with the violence, Stephen Ethan Horn, surrendered to the FBI on April 9 and made his first appearance in federal court in Raleigh. He is charged with three federal crimes.
A photo included in the Horn court file shows the helmeted man from Wake Forest standing above the scrum at the Capitol as he appears to be filming with his phone.
In an FBI affidavit, Horn is quoted as saying that he did not take part in the violence or the protest and that he did not go to the Capitol looking for “cheap thrills.” Rather, Horn said, he came in to “accurately document and record an important event.”
Supporter Tipsters ID QAnon
Prison records indicate Bennett is a resident of the town of Trinity, Randolph County, with a population of 6,600, approximately 120 km north of Charlotte.
In his affidavit, the FBI says several prognosticators identified him as an outspoken follower of QAnon’s baseless theory that former President Trump was fighting a Democratic Party conspiracy of demonic and cannibalistic pedophiles.
In the days leading up to January 6, when Congress was due to certify Trump’s electoral loss to current President Joe Biden, Bennett said he would be in Washington for a Trump rally and urged others to join him.
“FAIR WARNING: If this election is stolen for Biden, the Patriots will go TO WAR,” Bennett said Jan. 6, according to the affidavit.
At the end of the day, one of the country’s most iconic architectural symbols looked like a war zone. Five people died, 140 police officers were injured, while the Capitol suffered millions of dollars in damage.
North Carolina Residents Facing Federal Charges for the U.S. Capitol Riot
Stephen Baker, Garner
Christopher Spencer, Pilot Mountain
Virginia Spencer, Pilot Mountain
Lewis Cantwell, Sylva
Laura Steele, Thomasville
Grayson Sherrill, Cherryville
Matthew Mark Wood, Reidsville
Johnny Harris, Shelby
Charles Donohoe, Winston-Salem
James “Les” Little, Claremont
Stephen Ethan Horn, Forest of Wake
Bradley Stuart Bennett, Trinity
Source: US Department of Justice