Investigators had been helped of their case in opposition to 38-year-old Stephen Ayers due to help from considered one of his members of the family.
CLEVELAND — A Warren man was arrested by FBI brokers Monday for his position within the January 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.
38-year-old Stephen Ayers has been charged with Obstruction of Justice/Congress, Illegal Entry into Restricted Buildings or Grounds and Violent Entry or Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds. Ayres made his preliminary look in U.S. District Courtroom on Monday afternoon, however his case can be prosecuted within the District of Columbia.
In line with a 17-page affadavit launched after the arrest, Ayres was recognized by a number of sources as one of many many individuals who had unlawfully entered the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Investigators discovered a video that Ayers posted to Fb later that day detailing the riot.
Ayres was joined by two different folks in making the video. He stated that Capitol Police “mainly let everybody stroll in” to the constructing, including that the “faux information” wouldn’t precisely report on what occurred on the Capitol however that they’d “seen all of it” and so they “obtained footage everywhere on the Capitol” and that they might “most likely share a few of it right here and there.” The trio stated the riot on the Capitol was a “staged ANTIFA setup” coordinated by the media, police and the mayor of Washington, D.C.
Considered one of Ayres’ members of the family tipped off investigators to components of his Fb video of the riot, saying he was performing “like he was at warfare” and there was plenty of “yelling and screaming occurring.” Sooner or later throughout the streaming video, Ayres acknowledged that the incident on the Capitol was “just the start” as a result of there was “extra to come back subsequent week.
The member of the family additionally alerted brokers to a number of social media posts Ayres made earlier than January 6. On December 26, 2020, Ayres wrote on Fb that “If the [DS] (deep state) robs president Trump!!! Civil Battle will ensue!” In one other submit made on December 27, 2020, Ayres added that he “and a handful of different persons are headed to D.C. for the Trump rally on the sixth!! . . . . So hopefully we’re going to hear about [how] all of the DS are being tried for treason!!” Within the remark part of the identical submit, Ayres commented that it was “time for us to begin standing as much as tyranny! Historical past is going on as we converse! . . . It’s time for us partiers to face up and act! Earlier than it’s too late!!”
Ayres was additionally recognized by investigators in surveillance movies taken throughout the Capitol riot.
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Ayres is the second Northeast Ohioan to be introduced up on federal prices for collaborating within the unrest in Washington. Earlier this month, Christina Priola, a former occupational therapist for the Cleveland Metropolitan College District, was charged with knowingly getting into or remaining in a restricted constructing, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and illegal actions on Capitol grounds.
Editor’s be aware: The beneath video is from January 14, 2021