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Andrew Quentin Taake was arrested Friday by the FBI, which has accused him of pepper-spraying officers and striking them with a metal "whip-like device" at the January 6 Capitol riot.
And apparently it was Taake's online dating foray that helped get him in trouble.
Taake, 32, of Houston, was tipped off to the FBI by someone who said they hadn't met him -- but was texting with him about the riot -- on Bumble.
"Witness 1 messaged Taake on a dating app, Bumble, while he was in Washington, D.C.," prosecutors allege. "Although Taake and Witness 1 never met in person, Taake discussed his participation in the riot with Witness 1 and sent Witness 1 several pictures of himself, including a picture of himself taken on January 6, 2021, after he was allegedly pepper sprayed by law enforcement officers. Witness 1 said Taake admitted to being inside the U.S. Capitol for approximately 30 minutes."
According to the report, "Bumble provides users with the location information of other individuals using the application." That apparently helped the FBI place Taake in Alexandria, VA on a motorcycle headed for the Capitol, as well as on a plane flight to or from Houston.
The FBI stated it was able to identify Taake through photographic evidence.
"The FBI also located publicly posted videos and photographs showing Taake at the U.S. Capitol. Several of these images show Taake using what appears to be a metal whip and pepper spray to attack law enforcement officers. "
The report says that as police lined up behind a barricade of bike racks to defend the Capitol, rioters began attacking including Taake, who "raised his arm and pepper sprayed the officers." Taake then retreated back into the crowd of rioters.
Some 45 minutes later, Taake is seen "striking officers with a weapon that appears to be a whip" before similarly retreating to the crowd, according to the report.
The report identifies Taake as the owner of a business called Hi-Flow Houston.
Taake faces felony charges of assaulting, resisting or impeding officers, as well as variety of obstruction, violent unlawful entry and disorderly conduct charges. You can read the complaint here.
Hydroxychloroquine-promoting ex-journalist launches Arizona governor bid with unhinged video attacking the press
Former Fox 10 anchor Kari Lake is running as a Republican for governor of Arizona.
Earlier this year, Lake left the Phoenix network after 22 years, in part because she was upset that her employer would not let her do segments promoting Bitcoin and hydroxychloroquine.
Bill Goodykoontz, the media critic for The Arizona Republic, explained the dynamics surrounding Lake's departure from journalism in a March analysis.
"While Lake has done her share of responsible journalism, the past few years of her career have been notable for controversies. Lake shared disinformation about the First Amendment after Twitter and Facebook suspended Trump's accounts for his posting of misleading information and lies after his words inspired the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol," Goodykoontz wrote. "It wasn't a First Amendment issue, despite conservative talking points meant to frame it as one."
After Lake announced her gubernatorial bid, Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts reminded readers of her coronavirus misinformation.
"Lake was a longtime Fox 10 news anchor who in recent years has taken to peddling conspiracy theories and spreading outright misinformation," Roberts wrote.
She noted "that time in April 2020 when she tweeted a debunked COVID-19 video, calling it 'one of the most HONEST COVID-19 briefings I've seen to date.' The video – featuring two California doctors who advised that staying home during a global pandemic would weaken your immune system – was condemned by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians as 'reckless and untested musings" that are "inconsistent with current science and epidemiology regarding COVID-19.'"
"Somewhere along the line, Lake lost her way as a journalist, believing that it's OK to pass along lies and misinformation but it's an 'attack' to question a high-profile, long-time news anchor about her sudden and mysterious disappearance from the airwaves," Roberts explained. "I will say this. She's certainly on brand at the moment for our beloved Arizona, the birthplace of bamboo ballots and unending election audits. Lake should play well on the far-right fringe of the Republican Party."
In an apparent effort to solidify the far-right fringe, Lake released a video where she smashes TVs with a sledgehammer to show her hatred of the media.
The TV's in the video feature CNN reporters Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, and Brian Stelter among others.
Lockdowns, Masks, Weak Border Policies, Sketchy Elections & FAKE News Media — I’m taking a Sledgehammer to ALL of i… https://t.co/4oIeNFUBpq— Kari Lake (@Kari Lake) 1626962402.0
Lake will be speaking at Donald Trump's Saturday rally in Phoenix pushing his "Big Lie" of election fraud which resulted in the widely panned Arizona audit.
I’m excited to speak at the Rally to Save our Elections with President Donald J Trump this Saturday in downtown Pho… https://t.co/mPMb6Z4SYw— Kari Lake (@Kari Lake) 1626968056.0
Dallas Cowboys QB roasted after he echoes Marjorie Taylor Greene and bungles basic medical privacy laws
Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Dak Prescott is being ridiculed by legal experts -- as well as anyone with a basic knowledge of medical privacy laws.
During a press conference on Friday, Prescott was asked whether he had been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.
""I don't necessarily think that's exactly important," Prescott replied. "I think that's HIPAA."
In fact, it does not violate someone's HIPAA rights to ask them to voluntarily disclose their personal medical information. In reality, HIPPA only prohibits a doctor or insurer from disclosing your private medical information to third parties.
Prescott's claim echoed an argument made by QAnon-loving Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who earlier this week accused a reporter of violating her HIPAA rights by asking about her vaccination status.
Check out some reactions to Prescott's claims below.
POLICE: so we'd like to ask you about this series of fires we think you set. we have photographs and video of you s… https://t.co/fmGn3iawAo— Mark Berman (@Mark Berman) 1627074134.0
wife: please do the dishes me: https://t.co/NHrEvW9nmJ— ben "limp trizkit" flores (@ben "limp trizkit" flores) 1627074079.0
For anyone who needs to hear this: HIPAA relates specifically to what personal health information your *healthcare… https://t.co/9W85hykw8K— Fully-vaxxed Patronus 🦄💫 (@Fully-vaxxed Patronus 🦄💫) 1627074053.0
“Dak, how does your ankle feel?” “Dats HIPAA!!!” 😂 https://t.co/LgAwAJ5F0V— Vincent ⚖️ (@Vincent ⚖️) 1627074024.0
Reporter: Hey Dak do you actually know what HIPAA is?? Dak: ya it’s a big ass animal that’s lives near the Sahara https://t.co/krnxS9dWPY— Justo (@Justo) 1627073921.0
Tell me you're a fan of Marjorie Taylor Greene, without telling me you're a fan of Marjorie Taylor Greene. Dak wil… https://t.co/VyEDMwLo39— Chad Darnell (@Chad Darnell) 1627073855.0
Dak out there scrambling and avoiding questions like it’s 3rd and long. https://t.co/C8gjAo1hPT— Oscar Gonzalez (@Oscar Gonzalez) 1627073802.0
HIPAA has to be up there among the most misinterpreted laws in American history https://t.co/huinoX9NRh— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan Kartje) 1627073469.0
This idiot went to the MTG School of Medicine #HIPAA https://t.co/vnnHc4TyVJ— Red (@Red) 1627073468.0
No one who is vaccinated would ever say something as stupid as this. https://t.co/xgnTXjugz1— Tim Fullerton (@Tim Fullerton) 1627073382.0
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