Capitol riot suspect in custody in Orlando took selfie inside Senate chamber, feds say

Arthur Jackman says he’s a Proud Boys member

A Proud Boys member who made his way inside the Senate chamber and took a selfie there during the U.S. Capitol riot earlier this year was arrested in Central Florida, according to federal authorities.

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Proud Boys member who made his way inside the Senate chamber and took a selfie there during the U.S. Capitol riot earlier this year was arrested in Central Florida, according to federal authorities.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release that Arthur Jackman, 30, is in custody in Orlando. He was arrested Tuesday morning although it’s unclear where the arrest took place.

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An affidavit shows that Jackman is a member of the Proud Boys, “a pro-Western fraternal organization for men,” and went to the Capitol with other members of the organization to show support for former President Donald Trump and to “stop the steal” of the election.

The FBI said Jackman was seen in news footage taking a selfie inside the Senate chamber and also texted a selfie to a childhood friend who messaged him to ask if he was involved in the riot. The accompanying text from Jackman read, “We stormed and took over,” according to a screenshot in the report.

Jackman was also seen with Joseph Biggs, a Proud Boys organizer who was also taken into custody in Central Florida, records show.

Arthur Jackman leaving the federal courthouse in Orlando on March 30, 2021. (Jeff Segers, News 6)

Agents said they interviewed Jackman at his home on Jan. 19 and he admitted to being part of the rally but said he had “no comment” when asked whether he made it inside the Capitol. He said he and the other Proud Boys were not there to infiltrate the Capitol and it was not a sanctioned Proud Boys event.

According to the report, the Proud Boys members who attended went incognito instead of wearing their signature black and yellow polo shirts.

Jackman is facing charges of obstruction of an official proceeding, knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and engaging in disruptive and disorderly conduct.

He appeared in court Tuesday afternoon wearing a Proud Boys shirt with, “I am a Western chauvinist and I refuse to apologize for creating the modern world” written on the back.

Pictures taken as he was leaving court show that he turned his shirt inside out.

Arthur Jackman, center in the black T-shirt, appears before reporters and photographers outside Orlando's federal courthouse on March 30, 2021. (Jeff Segers, News 6)

A judge set his bond at $25,000 and ordered that he surrender his passport and any weapons from the home. However, Jackman’s spouse works as a deputy for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, so her service weapon can remain in the home as long as it’s locked up.

“The FBI has told OCSO there is no evidence or indication that (Jackman’s wife) had anything to do with the events at the Capitol on Jan. 6 or is a member of any extremist organization,” the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

On Jan. 6, a mob of Trump supporters pushed past police and entered the Capitol building as lawmakers were preparing to certify Joe Biden’s presidential win. Five people died during the violence: Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick and four demonstrators.

At least 250 arrests have been made thus far, a number that includes several Floridians.

Among the most notable local suspects are a Sanford firefighter, a Proud Boys organizer and a Marion County man who was previously convicted of attempted murder.

Three others – Connie and Kelly Meggs and Kenneth Harrelson – are accused of plotting their actions ahead of Jan. 6 through phone calls and online conversations as members of the Oath Keepers.

Anyone with information about someone who was involved in the riot can find details on how to report them here.

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