A Gallatin man is among several Tennesseans who have been charged in connection with a riot that occurred at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. earlier this month.
Jack Jesse Griffith was arrested Saturday by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee.
The 25-year-old is accused of being part of a crowd that stormed the Capitol as members of congress met in a joint session to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election on Jan. 6.
According to court documents, federal agents received a video that had been posted on Instagram, which appeared to show Griffith standing with others immediately outside an exterior door of the Capitol as someone shouted, “We’re going in!”
An informant also identified Griffith as the person behind a Facebook account for “Juan Bibiano,” which included posts from the insurrection. In one of the photos obtained by the FBI, Griffith appears to be standing in the Crypt of the Capitol while raising a closed fist in the air, according to court documents.
“I even helped stormed [sic] the capitol today, but it only made things worse,” Griffith allegedly wrote in another social media post. “I love you all SO MUCH. Thank you for fighting so hard.”
Federal authorities say they were able to compare social media photographs of “Juan Bibiano” to a Tennessee Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) photograph of Griffith in order to corroborate the identification.
Griffith is charged with knowingly entering a restricted building as well as engaging in disorderly conduct with the intent to impede or disrupt government business, according to the United States Department of Justice. He was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Tuesday.
As of Monday afternoon, nearly 70 people had been charged in connection with the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to federal court data. Of those, four were from Tennessee.