Memphis, Tenn. — A Memphis man has been arrested for his part in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, according to FBI’s Memphis office.
FBI Memphis confirms to FOX13 that they arrested Matthew Bledsoe Friday morning.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Tennessee also confirmed Bledsoe’s arrest to FOX13.
Bledsoe faces federal charges of knowingly entering or remaining in any building or grounds without lawful authority, violent entry, and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
In a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice, officials said they developed Bledsoe as a suspect after receiving video evidence from Bledsoe’s own Instagram account which showed him walking up to the U.S. Capitol, people climbing the walls of the Capitol with the message “Nobody can stop what’s coming”, and a selfie of Bledsoe looking down onto the lawn of the Capitol.
The U.S. Department of Justice said that they also found a video of Bledsoe at the door of the U.S. Capitol with an alarm going off in the background and someone nearby yelling “We’re going in!”
It’s alleged that Bledsoe then pointed the cameras at the doors and said “In the Capitol. This is our house. We pay for this s***. Where’s those pieces of s*** at?”
The official statement reads that Bledsoe can then be seen walking through the outer door of the U.S. Capitol and into the hallway.
Bledsoe continued to film as he and a crowd walked through the halls of the Capitol Building chanting “Stop the steal,” the Department of Justice said.
Investigators said they matched Bledsoe’s identity from Instagram with his Driver’s License picture and confirmed it was the same person.
Officials claim Bledsoe’s involvement was also confirmed by his wife who allegedly wrote in a Facebook post, “Matt was inside the capitol, he was one of the first. They yelled and screamed, that’s about it... My husband is a Patriot soldier.”
Bledsoe’s first federal court video appearance was held today at a federal court in Memphis at 11 a.m., according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Five people died following the chaos at the U.S. Capitol.
We will update this story as we continue to get more information.