Dental office tip leads to U.S. Capitol riot arrest

2020 01 29 18 08 5076 Capitol Hill Government 400

A tip from a dental office led to a New York man being arrested and charged on May 17 with multiple offenses in connection with the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to documents released by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

An employee at an unidentified dental practice contacted the authorities after Daniel Warmus allegedly bragged about storming the Capitol, smoking marijuana inside the building, and refusing a police officer's request to leave. The Alden, NY, man also played a video of the activity in the building while in the dentist's office, according to court records.

Warmus was charged in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with two counts of violent entry. Officials also charged the man with disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and one count each of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building and with the intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of government, according to the criminal complaint.

The FBI began investigating Warmus after receiving a tip from an unidentified person who overheard him gloating about his experience at the Capitol at his dentist's office, according to court documents. Through a follow-up investigation, officials identified Warmus on security footage inside the government building.

When Warmus entered the Capitol through the Senate wing doors on the afternoon of January 6, he allegedly wore a "Trump 2020" hat, a sweatshirt that read "CNN is fake news," and carried a large tree branch with a flag that read an expletive about Antifa, according to court records.

Authorities obtained his cell phone records through a search warrant. His phone used a "cell site consistent with providing service to geographic area that included the interior'' of the Capitol building, according to the complaint.

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