Huntington Beach man who texted photos from Capitol riot arrested after tip to FBI

A Huntington Beach remodeling firm owner has been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol after he sent photos of himself at the insurrection to members of his church group, federal officials said.

Glenn Allen Brooks was accused of unlawful entry and disorderly conduct on restricted grounds in a criminal complaint filed Tuesday, July 27. He was arrested two days later, and made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon at the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building in Los Angeles.

A member of Brooks’ prayer group contacted federal authorities on Jan. 30. after he shared a selfie of himself standing in a hallway amidst a crowd that had forced its way into the Capitol, according to a sworn statement from an FBI agent.

He is seen with a white beard and red jacket in the photo, and is wearing a beanie decorated with an American flag and “TRUMP.”

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Investigators compared photos of Brooks to images captured during the riot and confirmed that they were the same person, according to court documents. FBI agents conducting surveillance on March 24 watched him exit a truck associated with the remodeling business Brooks Works, and observed that he had the same beard worn by the man in the selfie.

Neither Brooks nor the federal public defender assigned to represent him could immediately be reached for comment.


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