A 25-year-old New York man from the Hudson Valley was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at his home on Saturday on charges related to the Jan. 6 violet insurrection led by supporters of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol.
FBI agents were able to identify Edward Jacob Lang after he posted photos and videos on social media placing him outside the U.S. Capitol during the rampage by violent extremists.
In the caption of one video, Lang, wrote: “I was the leader of Liberty today. Arrest me. You are on the wrong side of history.”
BREAKING: New York man arrested for role in US Capitol chaos. He’s accused of jabbing a bat at a police officer. A childhood Facebook friend tipped feds. Some of his social media posts ….. are well……. pic.twitter.com/RTzTRuUtem
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) January 17, 2021
Edward Jacob "Jake" Lang, the witness featured in our story who saw Boyland's trampling, has been arrested and federally charged with assaulting a police officer, among other things, after posting "THIS IS ME" on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/5GMbWy5jml
— Evan Hill (@evanchill) January 17, 2021
Federal prosecutors charged him with assaulting an officer and three other crimes, including civil disorder.
“Decisions have consequences,’’ William Sweeney Jr., the assistant director in charge of the bureau’s New York field office, said in a statement posted on Twitter. “Edward Lang is in custody for the ones he made during the assault on our Capitol.”
“Most of Mr. Lang’s social media accounts had been disabled by Sunday morning,” reports the New York Times. “But federal officials received multiple tips that Mr. Lang was at the riots, including a photo from his Instagram account in which he could be seen on the steps of the Capitol, according to court documents. The image was captioned /1776 has commenced.’ In social media posts from other rioters, Mr. Lang could be seen swinging a baseball bat at police officers and thrusting a riot shield in their direction, as members of the mob attacked the police near an entrance to the Capitol, according to the court filings.”
In one video posted to Twitter by an unaffiliated account, Lang described what he thought would follow the attack on the Capitol.
“The First Amendment didn’t work, we pull out the second,” he said. “No one wants to take this and die for our rights, but dying for our rights is the only option that any person with a logical brain sees right now. This is it.”