Capitol surveillance footage and videos obtained by the FBI show 41-year-old Chad Heathcote of Adel entering the U.S. Capitol along with other rioters, the Department of Justice says in charging documents.
An anonymous person wrote the FBI a letter in late January 2021 stating they spoke to someone who talked to Heathcote's wife and was told Heathcote traveled to D.C. with another person, according to charging documents.
Another tip came in February, with that person "stating that 'Chad' bragged on Facebook about being in Washington, D.C. to stop the steal. However, he took down his Twitter and Facebook account the day after the riot." This person later told the FBI they recognized Heathcote in news coverage of the riot.
Heathcote's location in Washington was confirmed by GPS records of his cell phone, the FBI says in court documents. Two other people told the FBI they recognized Heathcote's face after being shown photos of him at the U.S. Capitol that day.
Heathcote was arrested Wednesday and charged with:
- Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building
- Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building
- Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
- Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building
Heathcote has an initial appearance scheduled for Thursday, May 12.