An Illinois couple has been arrested for taking part in the storming of the U.S. Capitol, WREX reports. Jason and Christina Gerding were identified by the FBI through posts made by the couple on their social media accounts.
Jason Gerding detailed on his Twitter the couple's trip from Quincy, Illinois, to Washington D.C. and their ultimate breaching of the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6.
According to court records, Jason's Twitter account displayed a tagline of "We The People Have Woken" with a profile picture of Donald Trump with a "Q" background prior to Jan. 6.
In the run-up to Jan. 6, Jason repeatedly tweeted out his intentions. In a tweet from Dec. 21, he wrote, "Anons [referring to adherents to the QAnon conspiracy theory] …I Need help just booked a flight to dc forth (sic) the 6th. Best place to stay close to rally." Five days later, he tweeted, "So much disinformation coming out I don't know what is real what is fake. I trust the plan… I'll be in DC Jan 6th, but my head is starting to hurt."
On the day of the Capitol riot, Jason tweeted out an image of him and Christina in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
On Jan. 8, Christina Gerding posted the same image onto Facebook. A user commented: "hope they lock your ass up." Christina replied: "well since they let us inside; opened the door for us I think I'll be just fine."
Jason and Christina have been charged with "Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority; Knowingly Engaging in Disorderly or Disruptive Conduct in any Restricted Building or Grounds; Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds."