On Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported that federal authorities have arrested a pro-Trump conspiracy theorist from Riverside, California, after a coworker noticed him in a photo of the rioters storming the U.S. Capitol in January.
"Andrew Alan Hernandez, 44, was identified by a coworker who recognized him in a news photo of rioters who stormed the Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden's victory over incumbent Donald Trump in the November presidential election, according to an FBI statement filed in U.S. District Court in Washington," reported Michael Finnegan.
The report continued: "Hernandez was fired from his job after his Riverside employer confronted him about wearing clothing identifying the company when he joined the mob's violent entry into the Capitol, the FBI statement said. The company received a complaint from someone who noticed the clothing in a photo on the cover of the New York Times Magazine, according to the FBI."
"The social media posts show that Hernandez believes in 'Q-Anon, health and science related conspiracies, financial conspiracies, and various conspiracies associated to U.S. political figures,' FBI agent Richard Migliara wrote in the court statement," said the report. "The statement included a Hernandez tweet of a photo of a burning 'Q' — a symbol associated with QAnon — over a United States seal. It also quoted from Hernandez's postings praising Trump. 'You are the Greatest President These United States of American Has Had!' one of them said."
In recent weeks, a number of Capitol rioters have been turned in by acquaintances.
One Pennsylvania man was turned in by his ex-girlfriend after he texted her from the riot, "If you can't see the election was stolen, you're a moron." And in Massachusetts, a young woman turned in her mother, uncle, and aunt after they were seen in images participating in the invasion.