Robert Chapman of Carmel, N.Y., reportedly matched with the woman about one week after the Jan. 6 riot, telling her he “did storm the capitol” and “made it all the way into Statuary Hall.”
The woman wrote back, “We are not a match,” then contacted the police. She provided screenshots to the FBI, which also show the suspect naming reporters and news outlets he spoke to, Newsweek reported.
The Justice Department has charged Robert Chapman, an alleged Capitol rioter, who was turned in by someone he matched with on the dating app Bumble, after he bragged about his exploits on Jan. 6. (US Justice Department) (FBI/US Justice Department)
FBI agents arrested Chapman Thursday and charged him with trespassing the U.S. Capitol and disrupting official government operations.
The FBI said Chapman’s bragging was not limited to the one dating app encounter: He allegedly posted on Facebook about the insurrection, even updating his profile picture to a selfie from the riot, The Seattle Times reported.
Another Facebook user posted a photo of Chapman posing in Statuary Hall, saying, “My Dear friend and Brostar Robert made it in the Capitol building at the protest yesterday. Wooo Hooooooooo!!!!”
Chapman was released on bail conditions, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 19, according to court documents.
WNBC reported that Chapman’s hearing, via teleconference, ended with his release on his own recognizance.
Chapman’s identity was confirmed through surveillance footage from the siege as well as a mugshot from an arrest in 2017 over undisclosed charges.
The Bumble user’s identity remains undisclosed.
Dating apps have proven a useful tool in tracking alleged participants of the Jan. 6 riot, with users reporting others who posted pictures from the incident. Others, like Chapman, openly bragged about their involvement.
Attorney information for Chapman was not immediately available.