Man Arrested for Alleged Role in Capitol Riot After Ex Outs Him to FBI

A Texas man was arrested Tuesday and charged in connection to the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot after his ex-girlfriend and other anonymous tipsters identified him to the FBI.

Geoffrey Shough, 37, is facing civil disorder and other related charges, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He was allegedly one of the first few people to breach a line of Capitol Police and cross into the building. Though it has been more than a year since the riot, arrests such as Shough's continue as more Capitol rioters are identified.

A man authorities believe to be Shough was captured on video on the day of the riot waving a Texas flag while wearing a "ballistic-style" helmet, as well as goggles, hard-knuckle gloves and what appeared to be a body armor vest under his jacket, court documents say.

In March 2021, shortly after the FBI released images of the man, an individual referred to in the court documents as Tipster 1 came forward, saying while they did not personally know Shough, they were submitting the tip on behalf of another person, referred to as Tipster 2, who had met him several times. Tipster 1 provided the FBI with the contact information for Tipster 2 and Shough's former girlfriend, identified in the documents as L.T.

The FBI interviewed L.T. in May 2021. She told the investigators she and Shough had broken up the week before and that he had gone to see friends in Washington, D.C., at the time of the riot. She also said she recognized the jacket he was wearing in the images and that she was "fairly certain" it was him based on an image of the man without the helmet on, the court documents added.

Investigators also looked into Shough's financial records and found that he had purchased a Texas flag that looks the same as the one in the pictures from the Capitol, the documents said. The records also showed he made a $129.99 payment to the Oath Keepers—a far-right anti-government group that claims to be defending the U.S. Constitution. According to the Justice Department, the founder and leader of the Oath Keepers was among a group of 11 people charged earlier this year with seditious conspiracy and other offenses related to the riot.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division's Counterterrorism Section will be prosecuting the case against Shough. According to FindLaw, a person convicted of civil disorder charges can face up to five years in federal prison and be fined up to $10,000.

"In the 13 months since January 6, more than 750 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 235 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement," the Justice Department wrote in its release. "The investigation remains ongoing."

Update 03/01/22 5:45 p.m. ET: This story was updated to add more information.

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Texas man Geoffrey Shough has been arrested and charged in connection to the U.S. Capitol riot. Above, images of an individual believed to be Shough inside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021. Federal Bureau of Investigation