As federal law enforcement agencies continue to investigate and prosecute cases stemming from the Jan. 6 unrest at the U.S. Capitol, news has emerged that Jeremy Brown, a military veteran and onetime congressional candidate from Florida, was arrested by the FBI last week over his alleged conduct related to that fateful day, according to the Washington Examiner.
The allegations against Brown are detailed in a probable cause statement filed in the case and detail the manner in which the undersigned FBI special agent claims Brown utilized the Signal messaging app to coordinate travel logistics with like-minded individuals ahead of the “Stop the Steal” event in Washington back in early January.
The Signal chat referenced by the special agent encompassed specific plans for linking up with others interested in traveling to the nation’s capital and included a declaration from Brown himself that “We have an RV an Van going. Plenty of Gun Ports left to fill. We can pick you up.”
As the detailed statement explains, Brown ultimately made his way to D.C. dressed in “full military gear” that included a “helmet, radio, a tactical vest” which included a large pair of “surgical trauma shears.”
The agent’s statement of facts further detailed the photographic, video, and podcast evidence used to link Brown to the offenses of which he now stands accused – such as unlawfully breaching the Capitol building – and specified further that phone records obtained via search warrant were used to show that his cellular device utilized a transmission site that serves an area that covers the interior of that facility.
As such, Brown is now charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and with knowingly and with intent intending to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of governmental business or official functions or to engage in disorderly conduct in a restricted building or grounds.
Though no court date has yet been set for Brown, his case has been assigned to Judge Robin M. Meriweather, according to the Department of Justice.
As Tampa Bay CBS affiliate station WTSP reported, while Brown filed to run for the House seat in Florida’s 14th Congressional District in the 2020 cycle, he ultimately did not appear on the ballot after having exited the race months prior to Election Day.
Though there has been much controversy over many of the arrests and subsequent treatment of individuals who participated in the Jan. 6 protests, it remains to be seen whether Brown’s case is another example of politicized prosecutorial overreach, or if he did in fact engage in conduct worthy of punishment.