A Capitol rioter was turned in by his Bumble match after he bragged about his January 6 actions. After matching on the dating app, Robert Chapman, 50, boasted about storming the Capitol. His Bumble match quickly realized this was not going to be a successful romance.
Court documents revealed that Chapman openly admitted to his Capitol riot attendance, claiming he “did storm the Capitol” and that he “made it all the way into Statuary Hall.” He also used the dating site to talk about his media appearances, but his Bumble match was not impressed.
“We are not a match,” the match replied after a series of Chapman’s messages. Prosecutors said the user then contacted the FBI and provided screenshots of Chapman’s Bumble confessions.
Investigators then confirmed Chapman’s claims by matching his dating app profile picture to bodycam footage from police officers who were inside the Capitol during the riots. The Bumble bust ultimately led to Chapman being charged with four misdemeanors, including disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Court filings also revealed that Chapman took to Facebook before the insurgence on January 6, claiming he was traveling to the “District of Criminality,” a reference to Washington, D.C. He also posted on the day of the Capitol attack saying, “I’M F—IN INSIDE THE CAPITOL.”
Chapman is not the first rioter to get into trouble by boasting on social media. Prosecutors quoted Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Parler, Snapchat, and other sites dozens of times, where rioters bragged about their criminal endeavors on January 6. This is a first, however, for the “date, meet, network better” dating app.
Court records indicate that Chapman was one of 390 people charged with federal crimes in connection with the Capitol attack. He was arrested on Thursday and later released by a federal magistrate judge in the Southern District of New York.
According to Time, the Capitol attack was the most documented crime in history. Federal investigators want to bring justice to those who joined in on the attack. Pro-Trump supporters were adamant about storming D.C. and many succeeded. “It’s going down, guys; it’s literally going down right now Patriots storming the Capitol building,” said Roberto Minuta – who on his way to aid a group of men and women preparing to climb the Capitol’s east stairs – according to court documents. “F*cking war in the streets right now… word is they got in the building… let’s go.”
Chapman is currently awaiting trial.