A Trump supporter who stormed the Capitol on January 6 threatened on social media the assassination of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that day and also threatened the Capitol police officer who fatally shot and killed a woman when she tried the Enter speaker’s lobby.
The man, Garret Miller, 34, of Richardson, Texas, was arrested Wednesday and charged with, among other things, threats of knowingly entering a restricted building and forcibly entering the Capitol grounds Criminal complaint.
A surveillance video from the Capitol, a selfie and video of Mr. Miller, as well as comments on social media indicated that he was part of a crowd that had passed police to enter the Capitol and disrupted Congress during certification The loss of President Donald J. Trump to Joseph R. Biden Jr., says the complaint.
In one case, Mr. Miller posted a photo of himself in the Capitol, the complaint said, and asked someone on Facebook to comment, “Brother, did you come in ?! Nice! “Mr. Miller replied,” I just wanted to strain myself a little, lol. “
Mr. Miller also threatened Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, after posting “Impeach” on Twitter on Jan. 6, the complaint said. Mr. Miller responded with his own tweet that read, “Assassinate AOC,” the F.B.I. said.
In another tweet to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, Mr. Miller said that “we acted with honor,” “were not armed,” and were “gentle with the police,” the F.B.I. said.
The criminal complaint contained screenshots of Mr. Miller’s tweets.
Prosecutors said Mr Miller also threatened the Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt, a Trump supporter, while poking her head through the frame of a broken window that led to the speaker’s lobby.
Referring to Ms. Babbitt as his “sister in combat,” Mr Miller referred to the officer who shot her and said he would “hug his neck with a nice rope,” as he wrote on social media, it said in the complaint.
In a letter posted on Facebook January 16, Mr Miller said the officer “will not survive long” and claimed that “millions” of people agreed that the officer “deserved to die,” the complaint said.
One man who answered the phone at a number provided for Mr. Miller said, “We have no comment at this time.”
Mr Miller’s attorney F. Clinton Broden said his client’s social media comments reflect a very ill-considered political exaggeration in very divided times and certainly will not be repeated in the future.
“He takes responsibility for his actions,” he said.
He said that Mr. Miller had not yet been asked to file a plea and that his hearing was scheduled for Monday.
“Mr. Miller deplores the actions he has taken in a misguided effort to show his support for former President Trump,” said Broden. “He has the full support of his family and has always been a law abiding citizen.”
Prerak Shah, the acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas, said on twitter that Mr. Miller “allegedly bragged about storming the Capitol, demanded the killing of a congressman and threatened to strangle an @CapitolPolice officer.”
The Justice Department “will not stand for this vitriolic violence,” he said. “Mob rule won’t win the day.”
A spokeswoman for Ms. Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to a message on Saturday night. Ms Ocasio-Cortez previously said that she receives frequent death threats.
She called the siege of the Capitol “an extremely traumatic event” and said many members of Congress “almost escaped death” that day.
Seamus Hughes Contribution to reporting.