A Bumble user who bragged about a match on the dating app for participating in the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol was arrested and charged for his alleged role in the insurgency.
According to court documents, Robert Chapman of Carmel, NY, was accused Thursday of knowingly entering or remaining on limited government property without legal authority, as well as violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds. Documents claim that his arrest occurred after a person he mated with on Bumble provided a screenshot of the conversation to law enforcement.
“I stormed the Capitol,” Chapman wrote, adding that he had spoken to reporters at Washington. To send and Wall Street Newspaper. “I made it all the way to Statuary Hall!”
“We are not a couple,” her potential suitor wrote in response.
Along with the Bumble screenshot, court documents claim that the dating app user also handed the FBI a screenshot of Chapman’s public Facebook page that appeared to show Chapman inside the Capitol. The page also included several text messages boasting about taking part in the insurrection. Chapman is one of more than 400 criminal charges for allegedly raiding the Capitol as part of a pro-Trump mafia attempting to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
In the days following the attack, many participated in online efforts to identify those involved, ranging from sharing viral threads on Twitter to intentionally try to eliminate the alleged culprits by confronting them on dating apps. Bumble even temporarily removed its political identification filter “to prevent misuse” after a number of women tweeted about posing as conservatives to trick Capitol rioters by sending incriminating evidence.
After appearing on a conference call in federal court on Thursday, Chapman was reportedly released for his own recognition.