An accused Capitol rioter who swung a stick at police on Jan. 6 was arrested Thursday after online sleuths tracked him down based partly on the tattoo on his middle finger saying, "F*ck you."
Justin Jersey of Flint, Michigan, who became known as #Fingerman, was shown attacking officers while wearing a University of Michigan sweatshirt in video circulated by the FBI over the summer. At the time, he was listed as No. 106 on the FBI’s Capitol wanted page.
"Jersey was friends with another Capitol riot defendant, Trevor Brown, and Jersey’s girlfriend publicly tagged the two men in a post about Jan. 6 on Facebook," the Huffington Post's Ryan Reilly reports. "Online sleuths found an Instagram image of Jersey that showed what appeared to be a 'FUCK YOU' tattoo on his left middle finger — which can also be spotted in images of him swinging a stick at officers — erasing any doubt about the identification."
Reilly added on Twitter, "Tattoos are the unsung heroes of the Jan. 6 probe, probably followed closely by freckles and moles."
According to the Detroit News, which first reported Jersey's arrest, he is facing six charges, including assault, civil disorder, breaking into a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct, violent entry and engaging in physical violence.
The assault charges are punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison.
"Jersey made a brief appearance Thursday in federal court and is being held without bond pending transfer to federal court in Washington, D.C.," the newspaper reported.
Watch the video of Jersey assaulting officers below.
The Michigan sweatshirt really narrowed the scope though.pic.twitter.com/z8oI0N3aCw— Ryan J. Reilly (@Ryan J. Reilly) 1638469411
Former Vice President Mike Pence sat down with the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody this week to talk about his unwillingness to follow former President Donald Trump's orders to block certification of the 2020 election.
During the interview, Brody asked Pence if he shared Trump's belief that the election was "rigged" or "stolen" by the Democrats.
"There were states across the country that conducted their elections outside of how the state legislatures had approved them," Pence said, referring to new procedures that had been adopted during the novel coronavirus pandemic. "And I truly believe that that was properly reviewed in the courts and was ultimately passed on."
Trump had encouraged Pence to reject the results of the 2020 election from several swing states and demanded that the vice president send the votes back to states where Republican-led state legislatures could determine the winner of the election.
Pence, however, refused to do so, as the Constitution gives the vice president no authority to unilaterally reject election results.
Trump proceeded to attack Pence on Twitter for refusing to go along with his scheme -- and Trump supporters subsequently stormed the Capitol building and called for Pence's hanging on January 6th.
Watch the video below.
In a interview this afternoon on J6, Mike Pence says he does not believe that the 2020 election was rigged or stolen.pic.twitter.com/ODeHRq43pN— Ron Filipkowski (@Ron Filipkowski) 1638477967
Over the course of 2021, QAnon cultists have flocked to Dallas, Texas believing that former President John F. Kennedy and his son, will be resurrected from the dead. There was a belief that the younger Kennedy would show up in Dallas on Nov. 2. As packed crowds met in Dealey Plaza, no one showed. The date changed to Nov. 17, but there was still no John-John. Then the 59th anniversary of the shooting of JFK, on Nov. 22. Still no Kennedy. Many are still there, waiting.
Earlier this week, some held a guided meditation and influencer Michael Protzman (aka Negative48) indicated that those waiting in the area are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
A VICE News interview with an ardent believer revealed a woman so radicalized by QAnon that she abandoned her family to flock to Dallas and wait for the return of a Kennedy. Patricia, not her real name, has been married to her husband for 32 years, but when she walked out the door for Dallas, all she did was thank him and her two children for "being a great family."
Patricia's journals were found by her daughter Laura, also not her real name, with page after page filled with "indecipherable nonsense," the report described.
“Before she went to Dallas she kept a couple of journals,” Laura said in an interview with VICE. “We don't know if it was people on Telegram telling her these things, or she's just having delusions, but it's just books of what she believes JFK Jr. is saying to her directly.”
Across the front and back of the books were the words, “I'm going to follow God. Thank you for a wonderful life. Look up to the sky, I will always be close by.”
It sounds like a suicide note, a fear that was confirmed during a video chat where followers said they discussed the need “to experience that physical death" to let go of their egos and witness the truth.
What in the fresh hell is he saying\u2026\n\nThey all have to go through physical death to let go of the ego to witness the truth?\n\nWHAT?! How?!pic.twitter.com/hsNvyv2JGT— Hot Tub Twin (@Hot Tub Twin) 1637460439
“It would not be hard to believe at this point if they were suicidal as a group,” Laura said. “I would not be surprised at all, because, initially, after we read her books, we were just waiting for a call, to hear that they'd done something like that.”
The only option the family felt they had was to obtain guardianship and put Patricia in a behavioral health center after a psychiatric evaluation.
She's certainly not the only one. Protzman was outed for domestic violence after a researcher discovered a 2019 arrest report, Mother Jones reported last week. Protzman denied any abuse.
Instead, he's been posting cryptic messages on his Telegram channel saying, “There is no more room in the plan for arrogance and self impotence." Another tells followers to “Prepare for the next phase. Prepare each other.”
Another report from Nov. 2021 revealed that some followers have become broke over the expensive cult that mandates they stay in Dallas waiting for the JFK Jr. return.
Maureen McNamara bought into the claims too, though her interest was more about seeing other QAnon followers who shared her values. After watching children and the elderly sleeping on the ground waiting for the return of JFK Jr., she decided she was finished. She now works to help "wake up" others who have been captured by the cult.
The movement first began when a person calling themselves Q began posting "inside" information about President Donald Trump's administration. Believers think that he is saving children from a Democratic ring that drinks the blood of the young.