- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2021

DALLAS (AP) - Authorities have arrested a 22-year-old Texas man who investigators say posted videos on social media that showed him taking part in the U.S. Capitol riots earlier this month.

Nolan Bernard Cooke was arrested Thursday after investigators executed a search warrant at his Savoy home, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Cooke posted pictures and video to multiple social media accounts, an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit. Investigators received several tips that Cooke used a GoPro camera he was wearing around his neck during the insurrection.

The FBI agent said a video posted to Cooke‘s TikTok account showed people pushing through police outside the Capitol. Two other pictures on Instagram showed a man matching his description standing outside the Capitol. Authorities say Cooke admitted pushing past police and that he was the person in the social media images. But he denied going inside the Capitol building.

Cook is at least the fifth North Texan arrested in connection with the riot, the newspaper reported. He faces charges of acts during civil disorder, unlawful activities on Capitol grounds and entering or remaining on restricted buildings or grounds and disorderly or disruptive conduct in or near restricted buildings or grounds.



It was unclear whether he had an attorney who could comment on the charges.

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